Thu. Dec 7th, 2023

Chandigarh-A high-level delegation of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) led by its President Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami met Governor of Punjab Banwari Lal Purohit for the discharge of 9 Bandi Singhs (Sikh prisoners) who’ve served extra sentences than life. Apart from Advocate Dhami, the SGPC delegation included its senior vice-president of Harbhajan Singh Masana, junior vice-president Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, normal secretary Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta, member Advocate Bhagwant Singh Sialka, assistant secretaries Lakhbir Singh and Harbhajan Singh Vakta.
During this assembly, the SGPC delegation handed over the entire particulars of 26 lakh proformas crammed by the individuals underneath the SGPC’s signature marketing campaign with demand letters to the Governor Punjab. In a memorandum given to the Governor of Punjab within the identify of the President of India Droupadi Murmu, the discharge of 9 Sikh prisoners who’ve served extra imprisonment than life has been sought. Among them are the names of Bhai Gurdeep Singh Khera, Prof Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha, Bhai Gurmeet Singh, Bhai Shamsher Singh, Bhai Paramjit Singh Bheora and Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara.
Apart from this, by one other memorandum within the identify of the President of India, an enchantment has been made to resolve the difficulty of Bhai Rajoana’s commutation of demise sentence to life. In these demand letters, particulars in regards to the Sikh prisoners are recorded and the discriminatory perspective of the governments can also be talked about. Along with this, the SGPC delegation requested the Governor of Punjab to take severe consideration and determination within the matter of tried distortion within the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925 by the Punjab Government.
Speaking to the media after assembly the Governor, SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami mentioned that the discrimination in opposition to the Sikh prisoners by the nation and state governments is a violation of human rights. The SGPC has been requesting the governments repeatedly to take a call on this severe matter, however it’s unhappy that the governments usually are not taking a decisive motion. In this regard, on the order of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the SGPC had accomplished a signature marketing campaign, underneath which 26 lakh individuals have raised their voices in favour of the discharge of the Sikh prisoners. The Governor of Punjab has been approached to convey these emotions of the Sangat to the President of India, who has assured to ship this complete case to the Government of India quickly. He mentioned that though these crammed 26 lakh proformas have been introduced from Amritsar to Chandigarh by a truck, however because the Punjab Raj Bhavan didn’t permit it, they submitted the main points in digital kind in a pen drive.
Harjinder Singh Dhami mentioned that the difficulty of the discharge of Sikh prisoners is a very powerful one of many time for the Sikh group, which is able to depart no stone unturned to pursue it. Talking about Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, he mentioned that no determination is being taken on his case although he has been lodged in 8X8 toes gallows for the final 17 years. A notification was additionally issued by the Government of India in 2019 concerning commutation of Bhai Rajoana’s demise sentence to life imprisonment and later the Hon’ble Supreme Court has additionally ordered the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to take a call by itself. Despite this, not giving justice is painful. The SGPC President mentioned at this time he has met the Governor of Punjab, whereas a gathering will even be held with Bhai Rajoana quickly and a communication on this regard has been made to DGP Jails, Punjab. Along with this, motion has additionally been initiated for a gathering with the Union Home Minister.
About the dialog with Governor of Punjab concerning the matter of tried distortion within the Sikh Gurdwaras Act 1925 by the Punjab Government, Harjinder Singh Dhami mentioned that it was a fully unlawful transfer, on which he ought to take a significant determination after severe consideration. He mentioned that the Bhagwant Mann authorities has acted past its authority by interfering within the Sikh Gurdwaras Act. The Sikh group can not tolerate this transfer of the Punjab authorities. The SGPC President additionally thanked the Governor Punjab for giving time for assembly.
On this event, SGPC extra secretary Sukhminder Singh was additionally current.

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