Monday, August 8, 2022

3 weeks on, Modi not responding to joint panel’s plea for appointment over Bandi Singhs issue

AMRITSAR: It’s been around three weeks since the joint panel of the Sikhs wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking appointment with him over the issue of Sikh political prisoners lodged in various jails of India, no response has come from his office so far. His office has turned out to be so apathetic that it did not even acknowledge the letter.

The 11-member panel was formed as per the decision taken during ‘Panthic gathering’ organized at the SGPC’s headquarters Teja Singh Samundri Hall on directive of the Akal Takht on May 11. It was considered as a big development in direction to the Panthic unity which was seldom seen in the recent past.

This panel comprises heads of top most Sikh organizations including SGPC, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD),  Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Shiromani Akali Dal-Delhi (SADD), Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Board, Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Management Board, Damdami Taksal and Nihang organizations.

Being its convener, the SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami wrote a letter to the PM seeking the appointment with him to raise the issue of the release of the Sikh prisoners, but to no avail.  

SADD president and former DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna has appealed to PM Narendra Modi to acknowledge the SGPC’s letter sent regarding the premature release of Sikh political prisoners.

“It’s unfortunate a letter written by the SGPC chief seeking an appointment with the PM has gone unnoticed despite the fact that the subject-matter was sensitive and was being taken up by various Panthic leaders under a Joint Action Committee formed on the directions of the Akal Takht. The indefinite imprisonment of a number of Sikh prisoners is a grave violation of national and international laws and human rights”, he said in a statement.

Sarna has urged the PM to spare time so that the process could be initiated for release of Sikh prisoners languishing in jails even after completion of their sentence.

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