Protesters submit memorandum to DC, seek release of 2 brothers
Thousands of protesters, including the panchayat members of Panjgrain Khurd, and nearby village on Friday reached Faridkot to submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner (DC) demanding immediate release of two brothers Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh who were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the first case of alleged desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village on October 12.punjab Updated: Oct 23, 2015 21:14 IST
Thousands of protesters, including the panchayat members of Panjgrain Khurd, and nearby village on Friday reached Faridkot to submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner (DC) demanding immediate release of two brothers Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh who were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the first case of alleged desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village on October 12.
Alleging frame-up, they said Rupinder and Jaswinder were innocent. The protesters, led by Sikh leaders Baljeet Singh Daduwal, Sukhjeet Singh Khosa of the satkar committee, Paramjeet Singh Khalsa, president of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta), Ranjeet Singh Dhandrianwale, Panthpreet Singh, Amrik Singh Ajnala, head of Damdami Taksal, Daler Singh Kheriwale, Rajinder Singh Majhi, Daler Singh Doad, Surjeet Singh Arianwale and Dhian Singh Mand, assembled at Panjgrain Khurd gurdwara and reached Faridkot around 1:30 pm
Besides people from Panjgrain Khurd, residents of Panjgrain Kalan, Malke, Saho Ke, Smalsar, Thathi Bhai, Sekha, Faridkot and Kotkapura towns also joined the protest march and were not ready to buy the police theory that the two brothers were involved in the desecration of the holy book.
As the police had closed the gates of the mini-secretariat, the protesters sat on the road to express their anger. When the protesters refused to hand over the memorandum to Faridkot deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sukhdev Singh Brar, deputy commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi met them and received the demand charter after which the protesters lifted the dharna. “The memorandum will be forwarded to the authorities concerned,” the DC said.
The protesters lifted the dharna after Although the police had claimed to have solved the desecration case, huge public support to the arrested youth has put it in an awkward situation. “The government wanted to defuse the tension by arresting the two brothers, but they are baptised Sikhs and Rupinder was actively participating the protest since June 1. The police have framed them in a false case,” said a resident of Panjgrain Khurd.
“The police have arrested innocent youth. Rupinder had been participating in protests eve since a bir of Guru Granth Sahib was stolen from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and the police was keeping an eye on his activities. The police have also failed to recover anything from their house. Rupinder was asked to preserve the torn pages of the bir during the Kotkapura clash so these could not go in the hands of the administration and it could destroy the proof. Rupinder had further deputed some trustworthy persons to preserve the pages, about which he was talking on the phone,” said Makhan Singh Musafir, a Sikh leader.
“The entire panchayat of the village supports the arrested brothers. The government claim that they had confessed to the crime with the village panchayat is false. The police should show if they have recovered something from their possession,” he said.
“The police have arrested the baptized Sikh brothers instead of nabbing the real culprit. The arrested brothers should be released unconditionally to pacify the Sikh sentiments,” read the memorandum signed by Sikh leaders.