Sikh Leaders Welcome Release of Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind

Bhai Kulvir Singh BarapindJALANDHAR, Punjab—After being acquitted in a fabricated case, Jathedar Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara welcomed the release of Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind.  He said that it was shameful that cases were being fabricated under the rule of Akali Dal (B), which is the so-called Panthik Government.

Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind was released from Maximum security jail, Nabha, on Monday. He was received outside the jail by Party’s senior leaders Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, Harpal Singh Cheema, Amrik Singh Issru, Mandhir Singh and Manjit Singh Bamb besides rank and file of the Sikh nationalist political party..

Prior to this, a local court in Jalandhar acquitted Bhai Barapind in a two year old case. Bhai Kulvir Singh, who is also a member of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) from Phillaur segment was brought to Jalandhar from Nabha Jail to hear the decision. Additional District and Sessions Judge Mandip Singh Dhillon acquitted Bhai Kulvir Singh from all charges leveled against by the Punjab police.

On September 20, 2012, the Nawanshahr police had taken away Barapind from his residence at Barapind village.

A day later, he was illegitimately booked by the the Jalandhar Rural police under various Sections of IPC, including Section 121 (waging war against the state), Section 121-A (conspiracy to commit an offence punishable under Section 121), Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) Sections 3,4 and 5 of the Explosives Act, Section 25 of the Arms Act and the Unlawful Activities Act.

The police had then claimed to have recovered a mauser pistol, six live cartridges, a night vision device, bulletproof jackets and seditious literature, including booklets and calendars carrying the photos of Bhindranwale and magazines such as “Sikh Shahadat,” “Khalsa Fatehnama,” “Paigam,” “Jang Zari Rahegi,” and “Who killed Karkare.”

The police failed to recover any explosives despite having booked Barapind under the Explosives Act.

Barapind had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for bail.

The petition is still pending with the High Court, said his lawyer. Bhai Barapind said: “I was implicated by the Punjab government and central agencies. I was serving the Panth and had won the SGPC elections as an Independent. This annoyed the Akali leaders and they slapped false charges on me only to destroy my political career.”


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