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Punjab CM expresses shock over Sikh man’s turban being pulled by West Bengal cop

Chandigarh, October 10

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday expressed shock on the “humiliating remedy” of a Sikh man by the police in West Bengal who allegedly pulled his turban whereas he was being taken into custody for carrying a firearm throughout a BJP rally.

“Not completed, says Punjab CM@capt_amarinder, expressing shock at humiliating remedy of a Sikh youth by @WBPolice, who reportedly pulled off his turban throughout arrest,” Singh’s media advisor Raveen Thukral tweeted late on Friday night.

The Punjab Chief Minister has urged his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to take strict motion “in opposition to involved cop for hurting the Sikh non secular sentiments”.

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal additionally strongly condemned the “vicious assault”.

An argument erupted on Friday over the police allegedly assaulting the Sikh man and pulling his turban throughout a BJP rally in Howrah in West Bengal however the police stated the particular person was carrying a firearm and that his headgear “had fallen off mechanically within the scuffle that ensued”.

The incident drew wider social media attraction after cricketer Harbhajan Singh tweeted, tagging Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, to say, “Please look into the matter. This simply isn’t completed.”

As visuals of the incident went viral triggering an enormous political controversy, the West Bengal tweeted Friday, “The involved particular person was carrying firearms in yesterday’s protest. The Pagri had fallen off mechanically within the scuffle that ensued, with none try to take action by our officer. It’s by no means our intention to harm the emotions of any neighborhood.”

In line with the police, a loaded pistol was recovered from him. The licence of the pistol is legitimate until January subsequent 12 months. It additionally stated the police officer involved had requested him to “put his turban again earlier than the arrest”.

“West Bengal Police respects all religions. The officer particularly requested him to place his Pagri again earlier than the arrest. The hooked up photograph has been clicked proper earlier than he was escorted to the Police Station. We stay dedicated to our responsibility to uphold regulation and order within the state,” it stated in one other tweet, with a photograph of Singh in turban.

The person was recognized as 43-year-old Balwinder Singh, a resident of Bhatinda.

Shiromani Akali Dal president Badal stated that the Sikh man was a safety official and the style during which the policeman behaved with him has infuriated Sikhs throughout the globe.

“Strongly condemn the vicious assault on a Sikh safety official Balwinder Singh & disrespect of his #turban by West Bengal Police. The dishonour has infuriated Sikhs the world over,” Badal tweeted.

He urged the Mamata Banerjee-led dispensation to “take exemplary motion in opposition to the erring policeman”. PTI

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