Supporters of fasting Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa on Thursday handed over a list of 25 prisoners, who are lodged in different jails of the country, to Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema and sought their immediate release.
The members of the Sangarsh Committee met Cheema at Circuit House, and said the inventory will later be expanded. Khalsa’s son Ravinderjit Singh Gogi was also present.
Gogi said the government was showing “positive signs” and that Sikh prisoner Hardeep Singh was released from the Amritsar Jail on Thursday, after 23 years. He said another prisoner Wariyam Singh had earlier been let go on a parole from a jail in Uttar Pradesh. Khalsa’s struggle for the release of the Sikh prisoners was paying off, Gogi added.
Khalsa, who is on a fast-unto-death since January 16, has been demanding the release of political prisoners.
Talking to mediapersons, Cheema said four prisoners of the 25 on the list were serving a life sentence, and the others were behind the bars for short-term sentences.
Most of the prisoners, Cheema said, were lodged in jails in Gujarat, Karnataka and other states. The minister said the government will send the representation to the respective states for the release of prisoners who had completed their sentences.