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Organizers of Dec. 8 Gathering Seek Permissions from DC After HC Denies Relief; Police initiates Crackdown

December 7, 2016 | By

Chandigarh: As the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday denied to extend any relief to the organizers of December 8 gathering at Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), the petitioners withdrew the petition. The High Court directed the organizers – Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann) and United Akali Dal (UAD) to seek permissions from Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Bathinda.

Notably, the program was earlier scheduled to be held on November 10 but it was postponned after local authorities had denied permissions and the police had rounded up various leaders and activists supporting/organising the event. It may also be recalled that the organizers had declared to not to seek any permissions this time but they did so after the HC refused to grant them any relief.

HC failed to protect our basic rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution: Mann

In a video message S. Simranjit Singh Mann, chief of SAD (Mann), alleged that the High Court has failed to protect their basic rights and freedoms guaranteed by the (Indian) constitution.

Stop Badals’ Moga Rally in a Peaceful Manner: appeals S. Mann


S. Mann also appealed to the masses to reach Talwandi Sabo on December 8 to attend the event. He further said that the masses should boycott ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)’s Moga rally which is scheduled to be held on Dec. 8.

“If the Badal Dal has put restrictions on one of our biggest event then I request you to peacefully place restrictions on Badal Dal’s conference”, said S. Mann.

About a dozen arrested so far:

The Punjab police have started a crackdown on Sikh activists associated with SAD (Mann) and UAD and about a dozen persons are reportedly arrested.

SAD (Mann) leader M. P. Singh told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) over phone that the police was conducting raids at various places to arrested their party-men and other organizers of the December 8 event.

“At least 12 leaders of various Sikh organisations were detained. […] Raids were also conducted at the residences of nearly 150 leaders and workers of several Sikh organisations across the state”, notes The Tribune (TT).

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