Dal Khalsa condemns continued house arrest of Geelani
‘Govt should release him’
Amritsar, Dec 10: Urging Government of India to release chairman of Hurriyat (G) Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Dal Khalsa on Sunday condemned his continued house arrest.
The appeal was made at a seminar here on “Whither Human rights in India” organized by Dal Khalsa and ‘Sikh Youth of Punjab’ organizations.
Saluting the grit of Manipuri activist Chanu Sharmila, who is on fast for 12 years protesting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, the speakers appealed Aung Sang Sui Kyi –the Burmese leader, to take up her case as she is rightfully the ‘Aung Sang Sui Kyi’ of Manipur.
A statement said the speakers welcomed the US decision to deny visa to Narendra Modi and appealed to National Commission for Minorities to censure Modi's unequivocal declaration that BJP will have no Muslim candidates in Gujarat.
Later addressing a press conference, Dal Khalsa leaders H S Dhami, Kanwar Pal Singh and Ranbir Singh said Government of India after 31 years has started prosecution proceedings against five hijackers on “sedition charges” ignoring their life imprisonment in Pakistan for the same offence. "After 31 years, our men are being harassed. I must ask the Indian civil society why old cases are being opened up against them now”, said Dhami.
“I want to question them, has anyone punished those who killed thousands of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984. There are hundreds of Sikhs who got disappeared in Punjab, but government has not booked their killers,” he added.
He said the governments do not want to address the core issues of Punjab and the Sikhs. Instead, they are treating it as a pure law and order problem, inflicting torture and crushing dissent with full might of the state.
The leaders condemned the detention of leaders of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind and Bhai Daljit Singh under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. “The Punjab government must release them.” said Kanwarpal Singh.
Regretting the execution of Ajmal Kasab, Dhami apprehended that this may pave way for more persons being sent to the gallows.
He urged India and Pakistan to join the growing number of countries around the world to abolish death penalty.
Prominent among those who were present includes Dr Manjinder Singh, Sarbjit Singh Ghuman, Prabhjot Singh, Manjit Singh and Paramjit Singh.
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