Urging the people from all walks of life to extend their cooperation to make the Punjab bandh called by them on November 3 against the 1984 anti-Sikh riots complete and peaceful,the Khalsa Action Committee,the Dal Khalsa and other Sikh groups have declared that buses and trains would be stopped on the day.
Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh clarified that private vehicles would not be stopped and no hospital,chemist or emergency service would be disrupted during the bandh. Schools and colleges will be,however,not allowed to function.
Describing the 1984 incident as genocide of Sikhs,he said a written request had been extended to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee,all factions of the Shiromani Akali Dal,Bahujan Samaj Party (Karimpuri) and Lok Bhalai Party (Rammowalia) to participate in the bandh.
We have dispatched letters to the railway ministry and the Punjab transport ministry,asking them to cancel bus and rail services in Punjab for one day to avoid inconvenience to passengers in view of the bandh, said Khalsa Action Committee chairman Bhai Mohkam Singh. He appealed to all to ensure a complete shutdown on the day to show solidarity with the aggrieved Sikhs.
All-India Sikh Students Federation leaders Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad and Manjit Singh Bhoma,too,urged the people to support the bandh call.
Shiromani Panthic Council chairman Manjit Singh Calcutta and Chief Khalsa Deevan secretary Bhag Singh Ankhi called upon the people to close down business and educational establishments in memory of all those killed during the carnage in 1984.
In separate statements,Rajinder Singh of Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat,Baba Ram Singh Khalsa of one of the Damdami Taksal factions and Sant Samaj leader Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal,too,backed the bandh call.