Supporters of Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal held a protest outside the district jail when they were not allowed to meet him. Daduwal was shifted to the district jail late on Monday evening after an Amritsar court remanded him in 14-day judicial custody.
The jail staff said only blood relations could meet the prisoners. Following this, Daduwal’s supporters shouted slogans against the government and demanded his immediate release.
Daduwal, who was appointed jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib by the radical “Sarbat Khalsa”, was detained on sedition charges. He was brought to the district jail on November 12 but on November 25, the Amritsar police took him on production warrants.
“On learning that Daduwal has been shifted to the Hoshiarpur jail, we came here o meet him but the jail staff did not allow us to enter the premises. We sought help from senior police officials but they misled us by saying that he is still lodged in the Amritsar jail,” said Gurdip Singh, one of Daduwal’s supporters.
Jail superintendent Ajmer Singh Rana said as per prison rules, only blood relations could meet prisoners. “We didn’t deny permission to Daduwal’s family to meet him, but we cannot let others in. It is against rules,” he said.