Activist on fast for Sikh prisoners threatens to give up water
Activist Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who has been on an indefinite fast since November 14 demanding the release of Sikh prisoners, on Friday threatened to give up water from Saturday if his demand was not met.punjab Updated: Jan 02, 2015 22:09 IST
Activist Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who has been on an indefinite fast since November 14 demanding the release of Sikh prisoners, on Friday threatened to give up water from Saturday if his demand was not met.
Khalsa’s health condition deteriorated as his fast entered the 50th day. He has been sitting on fast on the premises of Gurdwara Lakhnaour Sahib near here since November 14 to demand the release of Sikh prisoners who were put behind bars during the days of militancy in the state and continue to remain behind bars even after completion of their life sentences.
Speaking to mediapersons, Khalsa said he will even give up water from Saturday if his demand does not get fulfilled and added that he will resist any forcible attempt to admit him to a hospital.
All efforts of the district administration to persuade him to end his fast so far have failed. A team of doctors of civil hospital here examined Khalsa and submitted its report to the civil surgeon.
A doctor who examined him said his condition was serious and advised his immediate hospitalisation. “Khalsa had lost around 20 kg and his blood sugar levels had also fallen. If he continues the fast he might slip into coma,” he said.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in Lambi, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal reiterated that the Union government must intervene for securing the release of Sikh prisoners who were languishing in various jails even after the completion of their term.
First Published: Jan 02, 2015 22:08 IST