‘Sarbat Khalsa’ organisers to form human chain on Feb 27

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2016 10:27 IST

Sikh preachers and radicals will be forming a human chain from Bargari in to Faridkot on February 27 from 12 noon to 2 pm over the issue of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and to demand justice for the killing of two persons in police firing in Behbal Kalan in October last year.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Sikh religious preacher Pardeep Singh Chandpura, with other preachers, said that the people from across the state would take part.

He said that all the political parties, religious organisations and prominent religious personalities, who took part in the November ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, would be taking part in the protest while people are being asked to take part in this event by holding religious events in villages.

He said that they would also be talking to preachers Panthpreet Singh and Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale to take part in the chain.

He said that the Punjab government has failed in tracing out the culprits involved in the incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and also failed in acting against the police personnel on whose orders the police opened fire on the people protesting peacefully at Behbal Kalan in which two persons were killed.

Besides this, preachers alleged that a false case of sedition was registered against those, who organised the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’. They accused the state government of registering other fake cases against the organisers to keep them behind the bars even after preachers were granted bail in the sedition case.

The preachers also expressed disappointment with the Punjab government-appointed Justice (retired) Jora Singh commission to investigate the Bargari desecration incident and firing in Behbal Kalan and said that their hope lay only with the people’s commission, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju.

They also expressed displeasure with the probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation and said the CBI probe was going at a snail’s pace. The preachers said they would announce the next course of action during the February 27 protest.

However, they announced that the protest in the form of human chain will be a peaceful one and they will not affect day-to-day life of people.

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