Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh supports Khalsa's demand

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2015 09:13 IST

Former Punjab chief minister and Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday came out in support of Surat Singh Khalsa who is on a hunger strike demanding the release of Sikh prisoners who have completed their sentence.

Amarinder also appealed to Khalsa to end his fast in interest of the people of state and the cause he has taken up. In a statement, Amarinder justified Khalsa's demand saying it was against the law to keep somebody behind bars when he has completed his sentence.

"I have been time and again reiterating that nowhere in the civilised and democratic world anybody is made to stay behind bars after completion of his sentence," he said.

The former CM pointed out that even the Supreme Court had clarified that states could take a call on such prisoners. He expressed surprise as to why chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was delaying and complicating the matters.

"There is a design in the delay on the part of Badal as in his characteristic way, he was pushing the situation to a boil for petty parochial and partisan gains," Amarinder said warning Badal not to complicate simple situations for small gains.

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