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Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa pays obeisance at Takht Kesgarh Sahib

Bahadurjeet Singh, Hindustan Times  Anandpur Sahib, December 12, 2013
First Published: 21:58 IST(12/12/2013) | Last Updated: 22:03 IST(12/12/2013)

Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who is on hunger strike since November 14, on Thursday paid obeisance at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib here.

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Earlier, Khalsa, accompanied by a large number of activists of Sikh organisations in the form of a cavalcade, arrived here from Gurdwara Amb Sahib, SAS Nagar, where he was sitting on hunger strike demanding the release of five Sikhs from Indian prisons who had completed their jail sentences but had not been released.

He was accorded a warm welcome by Sikh organisations on his arrival here and at various places en route.

He performed ardas at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib for the release of Sikh prisoners from jails and listened to Gurbani kirtan there. Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Giani Tarlochan Singh presented a siropa to him.

Khalsa said he had come to Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib to seek the blessings of the Almighty for the success of his mission. He said he would continue his hunger strike till the release of the Sikh prisoners.

He alleged that the Centre had committed atrocities on Sikhs. He said 30,000 innocent Sikhs were killed in November 1984. However, not a single killer was punished. On the other hand, the Sikhs, who were forced to adopt violent means against the atrocities of the government, were hanged without delay.

He said that on the one hand, the governments appealed to the people resorting to armed struggle to use ballot instead of bullet, on the other hand, it was putting those Sikhs in jail, who had been raising the voice against injustice by resorting to hunger strike in a peaceful and democratic way.

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