Surat Singh Khalsa completes year of fasting

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jan 15, 2016 20:56 IST
Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa. (HT File Photo)

Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa has completed a year of fasting, seeking the release of Sikh prisoners lodged in jails even after completing their sentences, even as Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (ad hoc) president Jagdish Singh Jhinda met him here on Friday.

Khalsa’s son Ravinderjit Singh Gogi said Jhinda termed the release of four Sikh prisoners, namely Waryam Singh, Baaz Singh, Makhan Singh and Hardeep Singh, in the past year as a victory for Khalsa, who was fighting a battle for justice.

He suggested that Khalsa might end his agitation after the release of two more prisoners.

In the past year, he has been moved in and out of hospital by the district administration. After a video went viral on social media, purportedly showing him having food, his supporters and Gogi alleged that he had been force-fed under the influence of drugs given by doctors on the government’s orders.

Meanwhile, members of the sangharsh committee formed by Khalsa’s supporters honoured the Panj Pyaras (‘five beloved ones of the guru’). Gogi said the Panj Pyaras could visit Khalsa in the next two days.

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