AMRITSAR SAHIB—Late night on August 5, Punjab Police launched a massive crackdown on Sikh activists across Punjab. Punjab Police launched this operation to prevent Sikh activists from participating in demonstration to be held outside Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana on August 6, where Bapu Surat Singh Ji Khalsa was being force fed by the Punjab Government.
As per the reports available with Sikh24, dozens of cops arrested General Secretary of Sikh Youth Front Bhai Papalpreet Singh during a raid to his home at 11:30 pm. The police took him away to Majitha Police Station, where he was charged under section 107/151 of Cr.P.C. (Code of Criminal Procedure). Till the writing of this news, Bhai Papalpreet Singh was brought to Amritsar Court to appear him before SDM.
President of Sikh Youth Front Dr. Sharanjit Singh Rataul managed to escape from the raid of Police to his home, but the Police arrested his father and later released him after Dr. Rataul surrendered in Police Station during afternoon. He was also released later in the evening of August 6.
Other prominent Sikh activists including Bibi Sandeep Kaur, Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind, Bhai Kanwarpal Singh, Bhai Harbhajan Singh Kahsmiri, Bhai Harpal Singh, Bhai Harbir Singh Sandhu, Bhai Fauja Singh Dhanausari, Bhai Balwant Singh Gopala were also arrested in late night raid.
Most of the arrested Sikh activists were reportedly released in the evening, with the exception of Bhai Papalpreet Singh of Sikh Youth Front and Bhai Kanwarpal Singh of Dal Khalsa.