AFTER THE controversy over a viral video purportedly showing him having food, Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa in another video is purportedly heard appealing that after his death, his body should not be cremated until Sikh prisoners allegedly languishing in jails despite “completion” of their jail terms are released.
The 41-second video, apparently shot after the earlier video showing him eating, has made its way to a section of social media. The video purportedly shows Khalsa saying that he had given up drinking water for two days, that his end was near and that his body should not be cremated until Sikh prisoners are released.
He is also seen spelling out his “last wishes” – visiting the birthplace of Sikh militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale; Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal that was once headed by Bhindranwale and three Sikh Takhts.
Khalsa’s son Ravinderjit Singh Gogi told The Indian Express that the video was shot on Monday. “The video was shot at our house by someone and uploaded on some social media platforms,” Gogi said. In the video, some Sikh activists are seen sitting beside Khalsa and another activist is seen filming with a cellphone.
Gogi confirmed that in the video his father had made the appeals. Demanding release of Sikh prisoners allegedly languishing in jails despite “completion” of their jail terms, Khalsa, according to his family and supporters, has been on “hunger strike” since January 16 even as questions have been raised on how a person can sustain such a long hunger strike.
Khalsa’s family has been maintaining that he had been “force fed” by the authorities when he used to be taken to the hospital. Gogi has already rubbished the viral video purportedly showing Khalsa having food, saying that his father was “force fed” in hospital under the influence of medicine and that the video was made and released by “anti-social elements who want to disrupt our fight to get Sikh prisoners released from jails.”
Shiromani Akali Dal spokesperson and Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said, “Some people are misusing an elderly person for their vested political interests. He is being made to issue statements for vested political interests.”