Fasting Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa was discharged from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. Khalsa was admitted to the hospital more than three months back. He had filed a case in the Punjab and Haryana high court against the police and district administration for detaining him in the hospital against his will. The hearing in the case was round the corner.
After being discharged, the octogenarian had to wait in the ambulance outside his house at Hassanpur village in Mullanpur Dakha for more than four hours, as there was no one at home to receive him.
Khalsa’s son Ravi Inder Singh Gogi said no one informed him that his father was being discharged. District officials, however, claimed Gogi had been informed about the development and was called repeatedly. They said Khalsa had been forcing the officials to send him home. When they found his medical reports normal, they decided to discharge him.
Civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal confirmed that Khalsa’s reports found him medically fit.