At the event held inside the premises of the Golden Temple on Wednesday, Sikhs honoured father of Jugraj Singh, who is wanted by the police for hoisting Nishan Sahib and Khalistan Flag at the Red Fort on Republic Day. Organised in the memory of Navreet Singh, who died during the tractor march on January 26, the event saw a Sanyukt Kisan Morcha representative and several members of Sikh outfits in attendance, along with SGPC officials.
The Golden Temple event organisers, included Sanyukt Kisan Morcha representative like BKU (Krantikari) president Surjit Singh Phul, Dal Khalsa president Harpal Singh Cheema, former leader of the Aam Aadmi Party Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) general secretary Prof Mohinder Pal Singh, amongst others. They also expressed support for absconding gangster Lakha Sidhana who is wanted by police in the Republic Day riots case. He also carries a bounty of Rs 1 lakh on his head.
“Function was held in memory of Navreet Singh, who died with police bullets during a tractor march in Delhi on 26 January. The ardaas and shardanjali samagam was organised by Sikh Youth of Punjab to pay homage to all farmers who lost their lives while participating in the agitation,” said Paramjit Singh Mand of the Sikh Youth of Punjab.
“We vow that sacrifices and loss of lives of farmers during kisan andolan won’t be allowed to go in vain. We prayed for the success of the agitation and reiterated that till the repeal of three black farm laws the struggle will continue despite egotistical behaviour and repressive measures of the Union government,” a press note release after the event said.
Appealing the shopkeepers and traders to shut business establishments to show solidarity with farmer protests, the gathering announced its support to Bharat Bandh call given by SKM for 26 March.
“We revere the front of the Red Fort where the Nishan Sahibs are hoisted, and which is connected to Guru Teg Bahadur. The youth who were defamed in the name of the Red Fort, will be honoured there itself,” said Amritsar Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa, adding that 141 protesters (Singhs) had come out of jails and they hoped that the remaining will be released by March 28.
Interestingly, Khalistan Organization Sikhs For Justice also awarded these youths with Rs. 2 crores for rioting, attacking Police forces and hoisting Khalistan Flag and Nishan Sahib at the Red Fort Republic Day