A DAY after a video clip purportedly showing Surat Singh Khalsa (82) — who is said to be on hunger strike since January 16 — consuming various kinds of food and drinks went viral on social media, the Sikh activist’s son Ravi Inderjit Singh Gogi said Khalsa will now give up water as well.
“We are really hurt over the allegations that Bapu’s hunger strike is fake. He has now decided to sacrifice water also. He will not drink a single drop of water until a decision is taken on the fate of Sikh prisoners languishing in jails,” said Gogi on Sunday.
Gogi and Khalsa’s supporters also called for an ‘Inter Faith Religious Conference’ on December 8 in Chandigarh, urging preachers and leaders of all religions to mark their presence and support Khalsa in his struggle to free Sikh prisoners.
The supporters said the conference will also ponder over the recent desecration incidents of the Guru Granth Sahib, Hindu holy books as well as the Quran, and will draw a blueprint for the next course for Khalsa’s struggle.
Gogi had Saturday confirmed to The Indian Express that the man in the video was indeed Khalsa but claimed that “he ate under the influence of drugs and injections given to him by doctors in police custody.”
Gogi had also claimed that “whenever doctors give him injections and drugs, Khalsa forgets that he is on a mission and starts eating whatever is offered to him.”
Declaring that it was now a war between sarkaar and sangharsh, Khalsa supporters from his village Hassanpur late Saturday released a video clip — of 33 seconds — where they announced that Khalsa will now not drink water also. The clip also shows Khalsa lying on the bed and raising his hands on the call of ‘Sat Sri Akal.’
They also claimed that the video that went viral Saturday was a deep—rooted conspiracy of the Akali Dal government.
Gogi claimed that the privacy of the patient was compromised by whoever shot the video. “I was not allowed to meet him whenever he was in police custody and admitted in hospital. Someone made a video when the doctors were force feeding Bapuji, that too under the influence of drugs. We will be getting it probed and file a court case after consulting the experts,” said Gogi.
The video, comprising 14 clips spanning 11 minutes and 25 seconds, purportedly shows Khalsa having dal, khichdi, lassi, banana shake, vegetables, almonds, milk and other dry fruits.
Khalsa is also purportedly seen commenting on the taste of the food, remarking that it is home-made and asking what his next meal would be.