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5 Dal Khalsa men held for pasting inflammatory posters in Amritsar

The police swooped down on the leaders of Dal Khalsa, a radical Sikh group and its youth wing, Sikh Youth of Punjab (SYP), and took into custody five persons on charges of disturbing peace in the state and pasting inflammatory posters that could vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Punjab.

punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2015 10:11 IST
HT Correspondent

The police swooped down on the leaders of Dal Khalsa, a radical Sikh group and its youth wing, Sikh Youth of Punjab (SYP), and took into custody five persons on charges of disturbing peace in the state and pasting inflammatory posters that could vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Punjab.

Those who were taken into custody included Kanwarpal Singh, the Dal Khalsa spokesman, Paramjit Singh, state president of SYP and Gagandeep Singh, Amritsar district president of SYP. The other two were identified as Sanjay Kumar, owner of the printing press where the posters were printed and Vipul Gupta, the designer.

The five were arrested on Friday under Sections 107 and 151 (disturbing the peace in the state) of the CrPC. They were first brought to the Civil Lines police station and after registration of the case, they were sent to the Central Jail, where they will remain for the next 15 days.

Confirming the arrests, ADCP (traffic) Dhruman Nimbale said the police had been on the lookout for activists of the Dal Khalsa and the SYP who had gone around pasting inflammatory posters in parts of the city on October 5. Most of these posters were pasted outside gurdwaras managed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

In the posters, these radical groups had called for the social boycott of the Takht jathedars who were responsible for exonerating Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a blasphemy case of 2007. The posters also sought the resignations of the jathedars from their respective posts. “We had been on the lookout for those responsible for printing and pasting of these posters. First we went around identifying these elements and then took some of them into custody,” stated the ADCP.

However, no leader of the Akali Dal (Panj Pradhani) was arrested despite the fact that the name of the party was mentioned in the posters. Kanwarpal was taken into custody minutes after he had addressed the media at the Dal Khalsa office here. Harpal Singh Cheema of the Akali Dal (Panj Pardhani) was also present with him.

The two claimed that SYP leaders Paramjit Singh and Gagandeep Singh were being kept in illegal custody by the police. No sooner had they made the charge that the police announced their arrest and also took into custody the Dal Khalsa spokesman.