Hospital turns fortress; Khalsa allowed no visitor

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2015 09:31 IST

After moving fasting Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa to the city’s Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Wednesday night, police have turned it into a fortress and disallowed him any visitor.

Khalsa, who seeks freedom for the long-held Sikh prisoners, had been shifted from Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital. Former Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) chief Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, now a United Akali Dal (UAD) activist, and former Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar Giani Kewal Singh are among the people who came to the DMCH on Thursday to see fellow hardliner Khalsa but were turned back. Zaffarwal, who had brief conversation with Khalsa’s son and daughter, said: “It is wrong on part of the police and district administration to first move him to hospital by force and now prevent people from meeting him. Most members of the sangharsh committee behind Khalsa’s fast are in jail. We will make a new plan after they come out on bail.”

Giani Kewal Singh requested Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to take up Khalsa’s cause and pursue the matter of Sikh prisoners’ release with the state government.

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