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Amritsar: Sedition case against organisers of Sarbat Khalsa

The cases were registered reportedly after Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal held a meeting with police officers during his Amritsar visit on Friday.

The Amritsar rural police Friday registered a sedition case against the organisers of the Sarbat Khalsa.

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann, United Akali Dal chief Mohkam Singh, Dhiyan Singh Mand, Bhai Amrik Singh Ajnala and Baljit Singh Daduwal, Jaskarn Singh Kahan, Surinder Singh Thikriwala, Jora Singh Maloke, Resham Singh, Surjit Singh, Paramjit Singh, Gurtej, Harinder Singh, Balwinder Singh, Vadhawa Singh, Satnam Singh Manava and Sikander Singh have been booked under 124 A, 153 (A) and 66/6.

The cases were registered reportedly after Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal held a meeting with police officers during his Amritsar visit on Friday.

Although organisers had avoided making any direct demand for a separate Sikh state, slogans of Khalistan raised during the event made ground for sedition case, said police. DSP (Attari) Gurmeet Singh Cheema said the slogans were “one of the reasons” behind the sedition charges.

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The slogans were largely raised by the huge crowd at the event after Sikh militant Jagtar Singh Hawara was announced as the interim Jathedar of the Akal Takht towards the end of the event. Apart from Khalistan slogans, alleged hate speeches made from the stage have also been under scanner.

One Surinder Singh Thikriwala had reportedly announced from the stage that he was ready to behead anyone who was responsible for the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Letters of a few Sikh militants, including Nrain Singh Chaura, were also read at the event. Except a few speakers, most of the speeches at the Sarbat Khalsa were largely focused on criticising Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

First published on: 14-11-2015 at 02:52:01 am
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