The lawyer of fasting Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa has sent a notice to Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal claiming that his client had been illegally detained at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in the city.
Lawyer Gurjinder Singh Sahni, who has prepared the notice, seeks clarity from the DC on whether his client (Khalsa) had been arrested or not.
"If my client has been arrested and is in police custody, then the charges must be communicated," the notice says.
"If the DC does not reply by Tuesday, we will move the Punjab and Haryana high court in Chandigarh and file a petition against the illegal detention of Khalsa, who has been peacefully protesting for release of Sikh prisoners," Sahni told HT, claiming that the heavy police deployment at the DMCH and the department's refusal to allow anyone to meet Khalsa, including family members, supporters and lawyers was a violation of his rights.
"Patients also have rights and the police cannot bar visitors from meeting my client," Sahni added.
Meanwhile, members of a Sangharsh Committee formed in New Delhi in support of Khalsa have announced that a march would be carried from Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in Central Delhi to Parliament on Tuesday. Members also claimed that a protest would be staged outside DMCH, Ludhiana, on August 6.