Exactly 10 days after ‘medically fit’ Surat Singh Khalsa was discharged from hospital, he was re-admitted to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Friday.
The 82-year-old Sikh activist has been on an ‘hunger strike’ for over 500 days now.
Ludhiana rural police claimed that Khalsa’s son Ravi Inderjit Singh Gogi was “denying treatment” to his father by forcibly keeping him under house arrest. On the other hand, Gogi claimed that police took Khalsa to hospital against his will and also vandalised their home.
Speaking to The Indian Express Ajay Raj Singh, DSP Dakha said, “Khalsa’s son has turned the house into a fortress. When we went there with a team of doctors, there were multiple barricades and gates. He did not even allow doctors to touch Khalsa. The old man was not uttering a word. It was his son who stopped doctors from doing their duty. Doctors from Civil Hospital accompanied us and they have given in writing that Khalsa’s family did not allow the check up. It was on doctor’s recommendation that he he has been shifted to the hospital as he needed urgent medical attention.”
“Police broke into our house. They snatched my wife’s mobile phone,” said Gogi. “They also vandalised CCTV cameras system installed at our place. Bapu ji clearly denied medical attention but they took him anyway. We were under house arrest for the whole day and released only after Bapu reached hospital.”
DSP Dakha when asked about Gogi’s allegations said, “They have installed iron gates inside thier hosue as if it is a prison. We did not vandalise anything. The priority was to shift Khalsa to hospital.”
Ludhiana rural SSP Opinderjit Singh Ghuman also denied all allegations. “Khalsa is continuing with his hunger strike and since the last few days, doctors were not being allowed to check him. So we had no option but to shift him to hospital again. We cannot take any risk,” said Ghuman.
Khalsa is demanding the release of Sikh prisoners who have completed their sentence in various jails across the country.
There are reports of a growing rift between the activist and his son.