September 24, 2012 | By Jaspal Singh
Jalandhar/Punjab (September 24, 2012): Various Social, Political, Religious and Human Rights Organizations of Punjab have jointly condemned the arrest of Sikh leaders Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind (President of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani) and Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu (Former President of ADPP). Both leaders were arrested by Punjab police for waging war against the Indian state and notorious “Unlawful Activities (P) Act” was also lashed against them besides various other laws.
About a dozen organizations, including Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann Dal), Dal Khalsa, Khalsa Action Committee, SAD (Sutantar), Pandhic Sewa Lehar (Baba Babljeet Singh Daduwal), Co-ordination Committee for the Disappeared (CCDP), Khalsa Mission Organization (KMO), Punjab Human Rights Organization (PHRO), International Human Rights Organization (IHRO), Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj and Sikh Students Federation, term the arrests of Sikh leaders as “state-terrorism”.
A joint press conference was held by these organizations at Jalandhar Press Club on September 23, 2012.
Representatives and leaders of these organizations told media that laws like UAPA are being misused to crush the political dissent. Badal Dal led Punjab Government and the Indian state are targeting of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani leaders due to their political ideology.
Representatives of Human Rights Organizations informed media that in this Arms Act and Explosives Act is clamped without any recovery, which amounts to sheer misuse of Law.
It was further told that ADPP was working democratically among the masses while emphasising on importance of distinctiveness and uniqueness of Sikh identity and securing respect for “Shabad Guru” but the ruling regimes are working to dilute Sikh identity and are encouraging deras to harm the concept of Shabad Guru, and this is the basic reason behind repeated arrests of ADPP leaders, especially Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu.
According to information Bhai Daljit Singh was charged in more than two dozen false cases by Union and state governments in India but he is never convicted in any case. Recently he was acquitted on three different counts of sedition (Sec. 124-A, IPC) as the trial courts found that charges of sedition were ill-founded against him. Due to these false cases he had to spend more than 12 years in various prisons in India without any conviction.
On this occasion former IAS S. Gurtej Singh, Dal Khalsa chief Harcharanjit Singh Dhami, Bhai Dhian Singh Mand Senior Vice President of SAD (Mann) and former MP, Parmjeet Singh Saholi President of SAD (Sutantar), Khalsa Action Committee Co-ordinator Bhai Mohkam Singh, ADPP Leaders Bhai Harpal Singh Cheema, Bhai Amrik Singh Isru, Baldev Singh Sirsa, Jasvir Singh Khandur, Mandhiar Singh, Panthic Sewa Lehar’s representative Baba Pardeep Singh Chandpura, Khalra Mission Organizations representative Harmandeep Singh Sarhali, Harshinder Singh (CCDP), D.S. Gill (IHRO), Gurbachan Singh (PHRO), Senior Journalist Dalbir Singh Ganna, Jatinder Singh Isru (Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj) and Parmjeet Singh (Sikh Students Federation) addressed the press and condemned the arrests of Sikh leaders in strong terms.
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Related Topics: Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind, CCDP, Dal Khalsa, Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj, IHRO, Khalsa Action Committee, Panch Pardhani, Panthic Sewa Lehar, PHRO, Sedition, Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann), Sikh Students Federation, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967