Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa has questioned the wisdom of the Punjab government in declaring Sarabjit Singh a martyr. The organisation has asked the government to explain the contribution of the spy to the state, who recently died in an attack in a Pakistan jail by inmates.
Party head HS Dhami and general secretary Manjinder Singh said if the Indian state had been claiming that Sarabjit was not sent to Pakistan on official duty, then on what rationale was he being accorded state honour.
"Sarabjit's killing is highly unfortunate and our party offers condolences to his family members. However, we are convinced that he is not as innocent as has been portrayed by the state and the mainstream media," said Dhami.
He said that Sarabjit was tried and convicted by the judicial process of Pakistan for carrying out subversive activities there but by giving him a hero's funeral and showering financial doles on him, the Indian state had proven that he was state sponsored actor sent to Pakistan to accomplish the task assigned by his handlers.
"The chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal have lost no time in declaring Sarabjit a martyr without explaining the nature of his sacrifice in the assembly session convened for some other pressing reason," he said asking them to name any uniformed soldier who died on duty while serving the state or the country, who had been given Rs. 1 crore from the state exchequer. Criticising Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for calling Sarabjit a "brave son the leaders asked him to tell the countrymen about the bravery exhibited by Sarabjit.