Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa, who is on ‘hunger strike’ since January this year, took a few sips of water after apparently much persuasion by SAD spokesperson and education minister Daljeet Singh Cheema.
Cheema Wednesday evening met Khalsa at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where the Sikh activist is admitted since December 10 — after he gave up water in protest following a video clip that showed him “feasting” went viral on social media. The meeting between Cheema and Khalsa lasted over six hours.
Supporters of Khalsa claimed that “peaceful talks” have started with the SAD-BJP government and that “an atmosphere of trust” has been created by Cheema following the release of Sikh prisoner Waryam Singh.
Waryam Singh, an accused under the TADA Act, was released from Bareilly jail in Uttar Pradesh Thursday.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Jang Singh, member, Sangharsh Committee, and Ravi Inderjit Singh Gogi, son of Khalsa, said, “We have told Cheema to get the viral video showing Bapuji eating food investigated. It was made at PGI Chandigarh after feeding Khalsa in an unconsious state. Yesterday, Bapu ji agreed to take water but his fast will continue and he will not consume food until all Sikh prisoners are released.”
They added that a fresh list of Sikh prisoners will soon be submitted to Cheema to take up their cases with the government.
“We have agreed for the talks with government as release of Waryam Singh has given us hope,” said Jang Singh.
Cheema, too, said the meetings will continue. “We do not want Khalsa to compromise on his health when the issues can be solved amicably. We will discuss the cases of prisoners in the the fresh list but in accordance with the law,” he added.