Five days after he was released from a Ludhiana jail in a sedition case, United Akali Dal (UAD) president Mohkam Singh, who had played a key role in organising radical Sikh elements’ Sarbat Khalsa at Chabba village of Amritsar on November 10 last year, was arrested by the Tarn Taran police from Amritsar on Tuesday.
The arrest was made in connection with a case registered against him at the Harike police station under Sections 379 (theft), 431 (mischief by injury to public road, bridge, river or channel), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant), 283 (obstruction in public way) of the IPC, 15 of the National Highway Act and 25, 27 of the Arms Act. The case pertains to the blockade on the Harike bridge in October last during protests against the sacrilege of ‘birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib.
On Tuesday, he had gone to Amritsar for a court hearing in connection with the sedition case, where he was arrested by the Tarn Taran police. Mohkam was then taken to Harike police station and will be produced in the court of Patti sub-divisional magistrate on Wednesday, police sources said.
Harike SHO Balkar Singh told HT that the case against Mohkam was registered in November last year after protests erupted across the state against the sacrilege of ‘birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib. “The police had found his involvement in laying the siege on the Harike bridge, leading to harassment to the public,” the SHO said.
Manawa shifted to Patti jail
Another leader of United Akali Dal, Satnam Singh Manawa, who is facing sedition charges as well, was shifted from Pathankot jail to Patti jail on Monday.
Manawa had functioned as the stage secretary during the Sarbat Khalsa congregation. He has been reportedly shifted to Patti jail in connection with a case registered against him under Sections 382 (theft), 341 (wrongful restraints) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).