Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal was finally released from the district jail on Sunday here after documents regarding his bail reached the local authorities. He was in judicial custody since November 11, 2015. He was arrested in a sedition case registered after organisation of radicals’ Sarbat Khalsa at Chabba village in Amritsar on November 10, 2015.
The Punjab and Haryana high court had granted him bail on February 17 but before he could walk free, he was arrested by Makhu police that took him on production warrants on February 19 in connection with another FIR. The sessions court in Ferozepur approved his bail in that case on Saturday and paved way for his release.
United Akali Dal president Bhai Mohkam Singh and a large number of Daduwal’s supporters gathered outside the jail to welcome him at the time of his release. Before leaving for his village, he thanked all those who stood by him and other jailed leaders who he said were falsely implicated in the sedition case.
“We did not do anything that amounted to treason. More distressing is the fact that a government, which claims to be Panthic, misused the sedition law against Sikhs,” he said, demanding that all other leaders should also be set free. “The police should be told to terminate the FIR which was registered at the behest of the ruling party,” he added.