Sikh radical groups have appealed to the people of Punjab to close their business establishments, schools, colleges and shops on Wednesday to protest against the hanging of Beant Singh assassination convict Balwant Singh Rajoana.
"We urge the people to voluntarily shut down their business establishments to mark their protest against the death sentence," said a release issued jointly by the Dal Khalsa and the Khalsa Action Committee.
Claiming that the bandh would be peaceful, the two groups urged the Sikhs to unfurl saffron flags and wear saffron turbans/'dupattas' on Wednesday to express their solidarity with Rajoana.
The radical groups have gone ahead and issued their protest schedules despite an order of the Akal Takht against giving separate protest calls.
The Akal Takht had asked the people of Punjab to willingly shut down their business establishments and cease all work to protest the hanging of Rajoana. The Takht had also asked Sikhs to wear saffron turbans or 'dupattas' and hoist saffron flags atop their houses and vehicles to express solidarity with Rajoana and pray for his 'chardi kala'.
The Sikh head priests are expected to hold a meeting on Wednesday to announce a series of protest programmes. Acting on the orders of the Akal Takht, the SGPC and the DSGMC have already filed clemency petitions before the President.