Amritsar, April 21
Stress prevailed at Sri Nankana Sahib, the start place of Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan, after a gaggle of males belonging to the land mafia allegedly attacked members of a distinguished Sikh household, leaving them injured.
The injured included Mastan Singh, former president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC); his sons Dilawar Singh (25) and Parminder Singh (30); apart from their two pals Taranjit Singh (25) and Palwinder Singh (21).
Bid to occupy land
- The household of Mastan Singh and his kinfolk had for the previous a number of years been cultivating wheat and paddy on 5.5 acres of leased land
- The native land mafia, which had been eyeing this piece of prime land, tried to forcibly occupy it, which was resisted by the victims, resulting in the assault
Taking cognisance of the incident, SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami stated if a distinguished Sikh household may very well be subjected to brutality, what safety might the atypical Sikhs count on in Pakistan?
The household of Mastan Singh and their kinfolk had for the previous a number of years been cultivating wheat and paddy on 5.5 acres of leased land, 5 km from the shrine. The native land mafia, which had been eyeing this piece of prime land, tried to forcibly occupy it, which was resisted by the victims.
‘No assist from police, Concern for our security’
We aren’t protected right here. We now have been combating land grabbers for the previous 10 years, however haven’t acquired assist from the police. —Dilawar Singh, Son of PSGPC Ex-chief
Speaking to The Press Reporter over the cellphone, Mastan, who headed the PSGPC from 2004-2006, stated the incident occurred on April 19 when a gaggle of males trespassed onto their fields. “We had been busy in Baisakhi celebrations once we learnt in regards to the incident. We hurried to the spot solely to search out our crop being broken to put the muse of a mosque. Once we resisted the transfer, we had been attacked with batons,” he stated.
The native Nankana Sahib administration has constituted a committee to look into the incident. The committee has, nonetheless, questioned the Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB), the father or mother physique of the PSGPC. “The ETPB has been requested to submit a report by Sunday. We now have been instructed the subsequent plan of action can be taken accordingly,” he stated.
Dilawar stated they feared for his or her security. “We talked about ‘azadi’ (freedom)? Is that this the liberty we have now right here? The land mafia can hurt us and our properties with out concern. We aren’t protected right here. We now have been combating the land grabbers for the previous 10 years, however haven’t been helped by the police,” he stated.
The SGPC president has urged the Centre to take up the matter with the Pakistan Authorities and make sure the security of Sikh minorities.
In the meantime, heavy safety has been deployed at Sri Nankana Sahib to avert a communal conflict.