January 6, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar (January 06, 2010): In a letter written by Kanwarpal Singh (Secretary) of Dal Khalsa, International organization- Amnesty International is urged to declare Bhai Daljeet Singh Bittu as prisioner of conscience.
In this letter, a copy of which is available with SikhSiyasat Network, it is informed that Sardar Daljit Singh Bittu –a leader of the political party –Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani) was arrested on 27 August 2009, along with party colleague and press secretary Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, without any specific charges, under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967. His plea for bail is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court since the last 6 months. Four months into the arrest, another case under the same Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 registered at Ropar police station, in which Daljit Singh’s name did not figure even in the FIR was slammed against him.
“Daljit Singh is a political dissenter and he is inconvenient to the present establishment of Punjab. It is in pursuance of this undemocratic mission that the government continues to gag him and prolong his detention. Pertinently, Daljit Singh has already served more than 10 years in detention prior to the present arrest” the letter adds.
Dal Khalsa maintained, in this letter, that as Amnesty International took cases of people who were arrested for their beliefs as “prisoners of conscience”, the case of Daljit Singh, was a fit one.
“The Dal Khalsa, in cooperation with the family and party members of Daljit Singh would provide you all the details of the case so that Daljit Singh can be declared a prisoner of conscience” the letter adds.
“This alone may bring him and his lawyer colleague respite, for the present government seems determined to extend his incarceration in view of the impending SGPC elections and concocted threat perception theories”.
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