Tension gripped Hassanpur and adjoining villages in Ludhiana district following the speculations about the deteriorating health of fasting Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa (82). Khalsa has been on hunger strike since January 16 demanding the release of Sikh political prisoners who have completed their sentence but are still languishing in jails.
Heavy police has been deployed in the area to avert any untoward incident. Supporters of Khalsa also started reaching Hassanpur as news spread of his falling health. An altercation took place between the police and the family of Khalsa when policemen tried to enter the house of the ailing Sikh leader but were deterred by the family as the doors were locked from inside. Reportedly the family suspects that the police could detain Khalsa again and could take him to the hospital against their wish.
Earlier, a team from the district health department had gone to check out on the health of Khalsa at his home. The police have cordoned off the area and not allowing more supporters of Khalsa to enter the village.