FARIDKOT, Punjab—First martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh Bittu, who attained martyrdom during the Police firing last year, was observed at village Behbal Khurd (Niamiwala) by the Sikh devotees. The martyrdom anniversary witnessed a large gathering of Sikh masses along with prominent Sikh leaders.
Notably, Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh (Niamiwala) and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh were martyred in an unprovoked firing by the Punjab police while staging protest at Behbal Klan. The Sikh activists were staging protests against the Police’s inability to trace the stolen Holy Scripture of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from village Burj Jawahar Singh Wala. The Police had opened firing on the activists when they were peacefully reciting ‘Satnam-Waheguru’ in the sit-in-strike.
Following the culmination of Sri Akhand Path Sahib, a kirtan darbar took place. The families of Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh were honoured on this occasion.
Interim Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib (appointed by Sarbat Khalsa 2015) Jathedar Dhian Singh Mand paid homage to the sacrifice of martyred Sikhs. Expressing dissatisfaction over the mainstream political parties, Bhai Mand appealed the Sikh masses to make efforts to establish a sovereign Sikh state. He also appealed the Sikh masses to attend Sarbat Khalsa 2016 scheduled to be held at Talwandi Sabo on November 10.
Addressing the Sikh sangat on this occasion, President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) S. Simranjit Singh Mann said that it was very unfortunate that the missing Holy Scripture of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji has still not been traced and also the Police had remained unsuccessful in nabbing the responsible culprits.
Captain Harcharan Singh Rode (brother of Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale) appealed the Sikh leaders to unite on a common platform by sidelining minor differences.
Baba Inderpal Singh Devi Wala, Baba Avtar Singh Sadhanwala, S. Jaskaran Singh Kahan Singh Wala, Baba Resham Singh, Bhai Satnam Singh Manawa, S. Jaspal Singh Heran, Baba Sukhwinder Singh etc. also addressed the Sikh devotees present on this occasion.