AMID anti-Badal and pro-Khalistan slogans at the bhog ceremony of Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Gurjeet Singh, the two men who were killed in police firing at Behbal Kalan village, representatives of panthic organisations announced a decision to call off road blockades but continue other protests against the government.
The massive assembly at the village adopted a “nine-point resolution” that included a decision to give the government time until November 15 to trace the Guru Granth Sahib stolen from this Faridkot village and release Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, the two persons arrested for the act of sacrilege.
They also decided to take out a protest march to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s house on October 30, vowing to carry an offering of their blood for him.
Early elections to SGPC was among the demands in the resolution.
Protesters were also told to observe “black Diwali” by not lighting their houses.
Preachers speaking from the stage asked Sikhs to hold Akhand paths from October 27-29. People were also asked to protest on the roadsides with black flags on November 3, without blocking traffic or demanding closure of shops.
The leaders also demanded the release of Sikh prisoners lodged across the country. “When Waryam Singh can be released by the UP government, why can’t others be released?” asked Simranjeet Singh Mann, president, SAD (Amritsar).
Apart from Sikh organisations, representatives of Congress, AAP, Swaraj Lehar, suspended AAP MPs attended the bhog ceremony
The Bargari village’s stadium was a sea of blue and yellow turbans. Speakers such as Jathedar of Akal Takht Ranjit Singh and Amrik Singh Ajnala from Damdami Taksal asked people to vote out the Badals in the next Assembly elections.
The gathering was managed by volunteers of Panthic Sewa Lehar, Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj and many other organisations. A banner at the stadium entry declared the meeting out of bounds for “police, CID and PTC channel employees”. Volunteers were checking the identity of people entering to ensure compliance.
The prominent ‘leaders’ at the bhog ceremony were preachers Panthpreet Singh and Ranjit Singh Dhandrianwale, Daler Singh, Balwant Nandgarh, Kewal Singh. They jointly framed the resolutions.