AHEAD OF the proposed Sarbat Khalsa by panthic organisations on December 8, the Bathinda police arrested eight persons and deployed heavy police force in Talwandi Sabo and around areas to prevent entry of supporters at the proposed venue of the event. The organisers have sought permission from Bathinda district administration and the local authorities will make a decision Wednesday. Raids are being conducted by police at several places to arrest the main organisers, revealed sources.
Meanwhile, around 4 am Tuesday, some persons allegedly entered the vacant land on Natt Road in Talwandi Sabo along with Palki in which Guru Granth Sahib had been placed and ‘Akhand path’ had also been started. The police later tried to take the vehicle but supporters of Sarbat Khalsa deflated the tyres of the palki.
Baljeet Singh Daduwal, Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib as declared in previous Sarbat Khalsa, said. “Around 25 of our supporters are there on the vacant land on Natt Road of Talwandi Sabo and there is heavy police presence.”
Among the arrested persons are Gurdeep Singh Bathinda, Parminder Singh Balianwali and Davinder Singh Hariyewala. Gurdeep Singh Bathinda is general secretary of United Akali Dal.
SSP Swapan Sharma said, “The matter is subjudice in HC. We have arrested 8 persons so far.”
Meanwhile , one Sukhdev Singh, a Sikh preacher, had gone to seek permission for the event from DC Ghanshyam Thori’s office and it will be decided by tomorrow morning, confirmed the SSP.
Last month, the administration denied permission for the proposed Sarbat Khalsa and hence new date of December 8 was announced by panthic organisations. Even at the time, over 120 arrests were made across the state.
On the same day, SAD will organise a mega rally in Moga billed as ‘Pani bachao, Punjab bachao.’
In a video message, Dhyan Singh Mand, acting Jathedar of Akal Takht (as declared by Sarbat Khalsa 2015) has asked Sikh supporters to reach Talwandi Sabo in large numbers on December 8 despite police pressure. He alleged the Badal government was adopting a number of tactics to stop us from organising this event. However, Sikhs should reach in large numbers despite all odds.”