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Akal Takht Jathedar urges Centre, Punjab govt to stop implicating Sikh youths in UAPA

Amritsar, July 27

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Monday urged the Centre and Punjab authorities to cease arresting “harmless” Sikh youths in Punjab below the anti-terror legislation UAPA.

“There’s a dire must order an impartial judicial inquiry on this regard as poor Dalit youths in Punjab had been being focused,” stated Jathedar. 

The Jathedar made the assertion after assembly a deputation led by Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who sought his intervention into the “rampant” arrest of Sikh youths after allegedly implicating them in terror circumstances.

In a memorandum submitted to the Akal Takht Jathedar, Khaira alleged that Sikh youths, significantly Dalits, had been being booked below the “draconian” Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act by the Centre and the Punjab authorities.

“By this memorandum, we want to carry to your discover the atrocities and excesses being perpetrated by the central authorities and Punjab authorities in opposition to Sikh youths, significantly Dalits below the oppressive UAPA,” alleged Khaira.

Beneath the UAPA legislation, greater than 16 FIRs have been registered in current weeks throughout Punjab whereas 47 FIRs have been registered within the final three-year tenure of Amarinder Singh authorities, during which “completely poor, defenceless and harmless individuals have been arrested at a big scale”, he alleged.

“We want to carry to your discover the truth that we’ve got personally performed spot visits and examined a few of the current circumstances registered below the UAPA which show that most people arrested below the stated legislation are harmless and have been falsely implicated by the police after declaring them Khalistani modules and terrorists,” stated Khaira.

Within the memorandum, he gave cases of 4 circumstances during which, he claimed harmless individuals had been arrested below the UAPA.

“Subsequently, being the top of a wonderful establishment like Akal Takht Sahib, we urge you to come back ahead and lift your voice in opposition to the injustice and excesses being dedicated by each the governments,” he stated.

Khaira urged the Jathedar to intervene and take up the matter of “gross injustice” being perpetrated on innocents below the UAPA legislation.

He additionally requested him to direct the SGPC to nominate a crew of authorized luminaries to defend the “harmless victims” arrested below the UAPA legislation.

He additionally demanded a month-to-month pension of a minimal of Rs 5,000 for the victims’ households.

Khaira was accompanied by former MP Dharamvir Gandhi, MLAs Jagdev Singh Kamalu, Pirmal Singh Khalsa, Jagtar Singh Jagga, and members of the family of 4 “victims”.

Speaking to the media later, Jathedar Akal Takht stated that sufferer households met him. — PTI

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