AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—Labelling Gurmeet Ram Rahim as a fictitious monster, the pro-freedom Sikh outfit, Dal Khalsa, has said that the Sirsa cult chief has held Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana to ransom, courtesy of the the Indian state, that has cultivated, nurtured and promoted this godman to divide Sikhs into sects and sub-sects and reap electoral benefits.
The organization believes that due to the fear of prosecution in a sexual abuse case hanging over his shoulders, the heretical cult leader has engineered the mobilization of his followers to influence the judiciary.
Party leaders H S Dhami, Kanwar Pal Singh, Amrik Singh Issru, Jasbir Singh and Paramjit Singh said that the cult followers on social networks and in the media were threatening that if the decision goes against their leader, they will resort to violence and tear the country to pieces. “The impotent state has failed to react against such dangerous threats”, they added.
They wondered why the state authorities have not invoked provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, Sedition law and Preventive Detention Act, against them. Criticizing the (Indian) authorities they asked whether these draconian provisions were reserved for Sikhs, Muslims and Dalits only.
“Despite imposition of section 144 CrPC the gathering of Sirsa cult disciples in the city of Panchkula is not only mocking at the state of preparedness but has left the administration irrelevant and incompetent. Who will take the blame for the mess? It shows there’s more to it than meets the eyes”, they said.
“The build-up hysteria, atmosphere of fear psychosis, threatening tone and tenor of cult followers, mobilization of cult followers on one hand, and security forces on the other, points out that the law won’t take it’s course in a free and fair manner”, they observed.
“Though the case is not directly related to Sikhs and Punjabis, yet they must be prepared to defend themselves if the cult disciples resort to hooliganism targeting them”, they cautioned.