LUDHIANA, Punjab—83 years old Sikh activist Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa was once again arrested by the Jagraon police on August 27 and was later admitted to the Dayanand Medical College & Hospital of Ludhiana. Notably, Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa has been on hunger protest since January 16, 2015, seeking release of political Sikh prisoners languishing in Indian jails despite serving mandatory terms of their sentences.
On August 26, several Sikh activists brought Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa to Rasulra (Khanna), at the house of Bhai Jatinder Singh Isru. At that time, Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa’s condition had deteriorated and he wanted to listen to Gurbani path. Sikh activists told Sikh24 that they had planned to start an Akhand Path Sahib once Bapu Ji reached Rasulra, however, shortly after, the police found out that Bapu Ji was missing and they detained him and took him to DMCH.
Bhavandeep Singh Sidhu confirmed that Bapu Ji’s physical condition had worsened over the past few days.
It is worth mentioning here that Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa was earlier released from DMCH on July 16 following his arrest on June 27. The Punjab government had tried to delay his detention at DMCH by not paying the hospital bills. The DMCH authorities had claimed of pending bills worth Rs. 160,000 and had denied to relieve Bapu Ji without clearance of bills. Later, under the pressure of Sikh bodies the DMCH authorities had relieved Bapu Ji and had said that they will lodge a case against Bapu Ji seeking possession of his property.
It is pertinent to note here that nowadays Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa is being looked after by the Sikh activists as his son Bhai Ravinder Jeet Singh Gogi has returned back to United States.