Arrested Khalistani ‘ultra’ gets support from hardliners, NGOs
Over 10 days after the arrest of alleged Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) terrorist Ramandeep Singh alias Sunny, hardliner Sikh leaders and voluntary organisations have started raising their voice in his support.punjab Updated: Nov 20, 2014 21:08 IST
Over 10 days after the arrest of alleged Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) terrorist Ramandeep Singh alias Sunny, hardliner Sikh leaders and voluntary organisations have started raising their voice in his support.
President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Simranjit Singh Mann visited the family of the arrested ultra in Telian Wala Mohalla here on Wednesday and extended his support to them.
Mann has also filed an application in the court of chief judicial magistrate here, demanding Sunny’s medical examination by a panel of three doctors, alleging that Sunny had been subjected to third degree torture in custody, violating his human rights.
Sikh religious preacher and vice president of SAD (Panch Pardhani) Baba Hardeep Singh had also visited the arrested ultra’s family on Tuesday and criticised the state government for arresting Sunny. A voluntary organisation working against violation of human rights in Punjab had also extended monetary help to the arrested ultra’s family the same day.
Meanwhile, talking to the media, Mann blamed SAD for trying to frame youth to ‘blackmail’ alliance partner BJP and prevent it from snapping ties with SAD.
He said soon after chief minister Parkash Singh Badal stated that the alliance was required to maintain communal harmony and peace in Punjab, Punjab police started claiming that terrorists were being arrested. He added it was a tactic by SAD to blackmail its alliance partner and stop it from snapping ties.
He also raised questions over theories such as Sunny having received training from Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and receiving weapons from Rajasthan.
Mann alleged that it was the SAD that was allowing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to spread its wings in the state and turn secular India into a Hindu country.
Blaming the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for resorting to ‘saffronisation’ of institutions, including educational and military institutions, Mann also accused Congress’s deputy leader in the lok sabha, Captain Amarinder Singh, of not raising issues of national and international importance and instead, laying stress on criticising the Badals.
Sunny was arrested on November 9 by the Bathinda police.
First Published: Nov 20, 2014 13:04 IST