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In Punjab,Bhullar makes an appearance on T-shirts

Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar,currently on death row after President Pratibha Patil rejected his mercy petition,is storming Punjab.

Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar,currently on death row after President Pratibha Patil rejected his mercy petition,is storming Punjab as T-shirts sporting his image are being sold in huge numbers. Priced at Rs 120,with a noose around his neck and a Punjabi verse as the message,the T-shirt has Bhullar’s image printed on it and are being picked up by his supporters campaigning to commute his death sentence into life imprisonment.

Bhullar was held guilty by the Supreme Court in the bomb attack on the then Youth Congress president M S Bitta.

“We purchased the T-shirts from Amritsar and are selling them at the cost price only as it is for a cause. We sold these T-shirts outside Model Town Gurdwara in Jalandhar also on June 6. We alone have sold 2,000 T-shirts in the past one month. There are other vendors also selling them. A non-resident Indian bought 550 T-shirts from us,” Gurkripal Singh,who was selling the T-shirts outside Amb Sahib Gurdwara in Mohali,said.

Stores across Punjab—from Amritsar to Jalandhar and from Patiala to Ludhiana—are selling these T-shirts. Even in Delhi,people said these T-shirts are available as the young and the old are making a beeline to wear them and show their support for Bhullar.

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“A Ludhiana-based businessman,who first printed Bhindranwale (Jarnail Singh,who was killed in Operation Blue Star) T-shirts,has printed these T-shirts also. He is supplying us these T-shirts,” Amritsar-based shopkeeper Dilbagh Singh said.

“This trend of youngsters or a common Sikh buying these T-shirts or memorabilia of Bhullar or Bhindranwale is due to the fact that there is vacuum in the Sikh leadership and they are unable to find a person or leader whom they can look upon so they make them as their heroes,as they see the heroic streak in them,” said eminent historian G S Dhillon.

While some bought the T-shirts to gift it to their friends or relatives,others picked it up as their friends had bought them.

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“It (the T-shirt) serves two purposes—first it expresses outrage of Sikhs against the death penalty to Bhullar and second they are expressing sympathy and solidarity with him,” said Kanwar Pal Singh,secretary-political affairs,Dal Khalsa.

First published on: 21-06-2011 at 03:06:12 am
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