Centre must deliver its promise to release Sikh prisoners including Bhai Rajoana: SGPC chief

File Photo: Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana

AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Jagir ‘Kaur’ today said the Central government must deliver the promise that it made during celebrations of 550th Parkash Gurpurb of Sikhi’s founder Guru Nanak Sahib, to release the Sikh political prisoners including Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, who are languishing in different jails of India.  

Replying to a query about the direction given by the Supreme Court to the Central Government regarding Bhai Rajoana’s death sentence, she said, “All the Sikh prisoners including Bhai Rajoana who have spent a long time in jails should be released at the earliest. On the occasion of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary, the Government of India had announced the release of Sikh prisoners, and now on the occasion of the 400th birth anniversary of the Ninth Patshah Guru Teg Bahadar, the government should fulfill its promise.”

“Notably, the Supreme Court has directed the Central government to decide Bhai Rajoana’s death sentence by January 26. The government may commute the sentence of Bhai Rajoana, who, along with his aides, who assassinated former CM of Punjab Beant ‘Singh’ for the mass extra-judicial killing of the Sikh youths during militancy,” she added while stating that the Government is in the mood to appease the Sikhs.

Talking about the farmers who are struggling against the anti-farmer black laws, she said, “The Prime Minister of the country Narendra Modi should realize that the people of the country are sitting on the streets after leaving their work and the Central Government has to resolve the issue. Therefore, the PM must do his duty. The voice of the farmers sitting in Delhi had reached all over the world, but surprisingly the Prime Minister who is sitting in Delhi is not listening to them.”

It should be noted that Bapu Surat Singh is still languishing in the DMC Hospital in Ludhiana. He will be completing six years of his hunger protest to seek the release of political Sikh prisoners.



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