Rajoana village,situated on the Raikot-Barnala road,has become a spectacle of sorts for the jathas who throng this native village of Khalistan militant Balwant Singh Rajoana. While some have come to see the empty under-construction house that belongs to Balwants family,others claim they have just come to see the house where this man (Balwant Singh) was born.
To show solidarity with Balwant,saffron flags can be seen flying atop houses,kasbas and villages leading to Rajoana. Slogans like Rajoana teri soch te pehra deyange thok ke resonate outside Balwants house,which wears a deserted look. A man standing guard outside the house speaks even before he is asked The family has gone to meet Balwant,there is no one here.
The Innova car of Inderjeet Singh (56) who leads a jatha from Jassowal village is packed. He leads a procession comprising cars,jeeps and motorcycles with youth raising slogans glorifying Balwant. We have come here to express solidarity with the family. I have brought this jatha and we will tour the area peacefully. Balwant Singhs family has told us that he wants all protests to be peaceful and we respect his feelings, he said.
Meanwhile,Avaninder Singh (21) a part of another jatha does not have any memories of the days of militancy in Punjab. However,he was ready with his rhetoric. India has two set of laws. They are ready to hang Balwant Singh but they have no punishment for the killers of Sikhs like Jagdish tytler and Sajjan Kumar. We are against this kind of injustice. Even we want peace but then we also want justice for the Sikh community which has been suppressed for a long time, said Avaninder.
Twelve-year-old Pawandeep Singh is helping round-the-clock at the langar set up at the main gate leading to the village. Balwant Singh is my uncle. My mother used to work as a domestic help in their house. I have never seen him but everyone around me is talking about him and his sacrifice. So,even I have tied this saffron turban.