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Early release of jailed cop,Family approaches Akal Takht

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, August 21, 2014
First Published: 21:04 IST(21/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:02 IST(21/8/2014)

The case pertaining to the premature release of Babbar Khalsa militant-turned-policeman, Gurmeet Singh alias Pinki from jail 'for good conduct', has reached the Akal Takht Jathedar. Determined to put Pinky back behind bars, Amrik Singh, the father of Avtar is seeking that the highest temporal seat of Sikhism issue directions to the SAD leadership to put 'Pinky back to his rightful place'.

Accompanied by his daughter, Kulwant Kaur, Amrik on Thursday met Jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh and claimed that they receiving threats and were being asked not to pursue Pinky's premature release.

"The Akal Takht is within its rights to issue directions to the SAD, which is ruling the state. If the Akalis can approach the Akal Takht, so can we, as we too are Sikhs," stated Amrik Singh while talking to select mediapersons. 
In the memorandum submitted to the Jathedar, Amrik pointed out that the murder of his son was a violation of human rights.

"It is unfortunate that when the Akalis seek votes they do so on issues of human rights violations and atrocities against state terror, but when they come to power they turn a blind eye to rights violations. What have the Akalis done for the release of the Sikh youth who have been in prison since the days of terrorism," the memorandum added.

In the representation to the Jathedar, Amrik Singh described Pinky's release as 'mockery of justice'.

Jathedar assures help

The Jathedar assured Amrik that he would direct the SGPC to pursue the case in the legal courts. Amrik singh himself will be moving the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday against the release.   The Jathedar gave no assurance on whether he would take up the case with the Akali leadership, though he did assure of his moral support.

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