After a conversation with police officials over his indefinite fast, Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa declined to have routine medical check-up here on Sunday as well.
His daughter, Sarvinder Kaur, has said that her father had a talk with director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini through Ludhiana (rural) senior superintendent of police (SSP) Ravcharan Singh Brar, in which the DGP told him to end his hunger strike for further dialogue. "Annoyed by the attitude of the police chief, he said no to yet another routine medical check-up. He also said that he would remove the (intravenous fluid) drip, if he did not get a positive response from the police and the Punjab government," she said.
Aam Aadmi Party's Delhi legislator Jarnail Singh also tried to meet Khalsa but the police did not allow him. He, later, told the media that the police had held Khalsa captive in the name of treatment, and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), being an ally in the central regime, should raise the matter with the Centre.
Khalsa's supporters also protested outside Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Sunday and the police had to stop them from barging into the hospital. They raised slogans against the police until Khalsa's daughter, Sarvinder Kaur, briefed them about the activist's health and pacified them.
Rumour puts police on toes
A rumour that Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa had died during his fast put the police on toes. Someone had put Khalsa's pictures on a social networking website with the message that he had passed away at the DMCH. Later, his supporters had to clarify on Facebook that he was alive. They also appealed to people to pray for him instead of spreading rumours.