Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has strongly objected to the US federal transportation officials' instructions relating to frisking of turbans of Sikhs at airports.
Terming the instructions as "discriminatory", SAD president and deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up this issue with US President Barack Obama during the latter's ongoing visit.
In a communique to the prime minister, Badal alleged that the latest instructions by the US authorities were an attempt to target the Sikh community and harass them at the airports, and demanded its "immediate withdrawal".
According to the instructions, Sikhs after undergoing thorough whole body image scanners would have an option to get their turbans patted by FTA officials or themselves.
After the checking of turbans, FTA would also check the hands of Sikhs for traces of chemicals, if any, Badal said.
He said that turban was the religious attire of every Sikh and disrespect to it would hurt the sentiments of the community.
Urging the Prime Minister to strongly take up the issue with Obama tomorrow, the SAD president said Sikhs all over the world expect him to convey the sentiments of the community to the US President.