Bhai Khalsa had carried out a hunger strike for 44 days at the same Sikh shrine some months ago in order to endure the release of Sikh detainees who have completed their imprison terms but still have been languishing in various jails of India. Bending before his hunger strike, the government had released 4 Sikh detainees on parole.
In the letter, the Sikh leader urged the supreme body to identify the place within Gurdwara Amb Sahib complex where he could start his hunger strike after Bandi Chhor Diwas.
It is noteworthy that Bhai Khalsa has already given an ultimatum to the government to release the Sikh prisoners before Bandi Chhod Diwas, after which he warned of starting a “decisive struggle” to secure the permanent release of Sikh political prisoners. He says he would sit on indefinite hunger strike after Diwali if seven Sikh political prisoners – namely Gurmeet Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Shamsher Singh, Lal Singh, Waryam Singh and Gurdeep Singh and Prof. Devenderpal Singh Bhullar – are not released from jail.