Home minister’s intervention sought to end Sikh activist’s fast

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ambala
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2015 21:25 IST

Anti-Terrorist Front of India (ATFI) president Viresh Shandilya has demanded union home minister Rajnath Singh's intervention to end the fast of Sikh activist Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa who is on a hunger strike for the past 51 days.

Shandilya handed over to the district revenue officer (DRO) a memorandum addressed to the union home minister.

Demanding the release of Sikh prisoners who have completed their terms but continue to languish in jails, Khalsa is sitting on a hunger strike at Gurdwara Lakhnor Sahib since November 14.

The memorandum reads that the prisoners who have completed their terms should be set free as per the policies of different state governments and keeping them in prison beyond that period was a violation of human rights.

The copies of the memorandum have also been sent to chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana besides Chandigarh's administrator.

Meanwhile, SDM Meenakshi Raj Goyal has appealed to Gurbaksh Singh to end the hunger strike in view of appeal of Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh who had met him at the gurdwara on January 2.

Sources said the striking Sikh leader has declined to accede to the appeal of the Akal Takht jathedar claiming that now only 'Waheguru' would give him directions to end the fast.

They added that Gurbaksh Singh who has threatened to stop drinking water from January 3 has changed the decision after a lottery slip urged him to not to stop drinking water. However, he has indicated to resist any move to shift him to hospital.

Meanwhile, doctors examining Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa have said his condition has deteriorated and he has lost 20 kg.

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