THE FORCIBLE haircutting of a Sikh student in Jaipur resonated in the city today.
Miscreants had abducted Indrapreet Singh, beat him and trimmed his hair in Jaipur on Monday. The Jaipur Police instead of arresting the miscreants allegedly threatened the family of Indrapreet and pressurised them to withdraw their complaint.
More than the incident, the Sikhs here feel hurt at the attitude of the Jaipur Police. They alleged that the cops had sided with the culprits till the Sikhs come out on the streets. Prominent Sikh leaders, spiritual heads, scholars and intellectuals attacked the cops for their insensitivity to the issue.
The incident has angered the Sikh community all over the country. In Lucknow, the Lucknow Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee discussed the issue at a meeting held at the Gurudwara Alambagh. President of the LGPC Rajendra Singh Bagga condemned the Jaipur Police for siding with the criminals.
Talking to HT Bagga said, “The Sikhs have made the most sacrifice for the country and yet we are treated like this. We consider ‘kesh’ more important than our lives. If the boy had been killed we would have tolerated it, but they have challenged our pride and the community. We want culprits to be tried under Section 302 of the IPC.”
“If the government fails to arrest the criminals and punish the guilty then the Sikhs would themselves punish the culprits,” he said.
Captain Harbhajan Singh, Ratanpal Singh Goldi, Maan Singh Maan, Nirpal Singh Pali, Harvinder Singh Titu were present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, president of the Uttar Pradesh Sikh Pratinidhi Mandal Rajendra Singh Dua has condemned the Jaipur incident. He has termed it as an attack on the religion. He has warned of a widespread agitation if the Rajasthan Government failed to arrest the culprits.