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Seeking telephone access, Amritpal & aides go on hunger strike in Dibrugarh jail

By, Amritsar
Jun 30, 2023 12:52 AM IST

Waris Punjab De (WPD) chief and pro-Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh and his aides have started a hunger strike in Dibrugarh jail in Assam, where there are lodged under National Security Act (NSA), to protest over ‘no access to telephone and poor food quality in jail’

Waris Punjab De (WPD) chief and pro-Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh and his aides have started a hunger strike in Dibrugarh jail in Assam, where there are lodged under National Security Act (NSA), to protest over ‘no access to telephone and poor food quality in jail’.

Waris Punjab De (WPD) chief and pro-Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh and his aides have started a hunger strike in Dibrugarh jail in Assam, where there are lodged under National Security Act (NSA), to protest over ‘no access to telephone and poor food quality in jail’. (HT File)
Waris Punjab De (WPD) chief and pro-Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh and his aides have started a hunger strike in Dibrugarh jail in Assam, where there are lodged under National Security Act (NSA), to protest over ‘no access to telephone and poor food quality in jail’. (HT File)

The information was divulged by Amritpal’s wife Kirandeep Kaur after she met him in the jail on Thursday. Extending solidarity with her husband, Kirandeep said she too has decided to start the hunger strike.

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Speaking over the phone, Kirandeep said, “Every week, I travel from Amritsar to Dibrugarh jail to meet my husband. I met him today as well. I learnt during the meeting that all the Sikh prisoners, including Amritpal, are on hunger strike. One of the reasons behind their strike is that they are not allowed to contact their respective families over the phone by the Punjab government. If they are given this facility an amount from 20,000 to 25,000 can be saved per family members who visit the jail. Every family cannot afford this expense. This facility will also keep them mentally fit.”

Kirandeep said this also hinders detainees’ access to their legal counsels and the quality of the food inside the jail is also bad.

“Due to the lack of telephone facility, they cannot have conversations with their legal counsel, which causes problems in fighting the case. The arrangement of food is also not good in the jail. Tobacco is sometimes found in chapatis. Food is also of not good quality. The food is prepared by those who consume tobacco, which is against the Sikh code of conduct. These issues are affecting their health. The government will have to resolve these issues. They are demanding basic facilities, not VIP treatment,” she said.

On April 23, after being on the run for 35 days, Amritpal was arrested by Punjab Police from a gurdwara at Rode village in Moga district. He was then sent to Dibrugarh central jail in Assam under NSA.

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