Wednesday, September 28, 2022

SGPC makes another attempt to meet Modi over Bandi Singhs

AMRITSAR: With its previous plea not being entertained by the Government of India (GOI), the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has made another attempt to get time for meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi over the issue of the Sikh political prisoners who are being deprived of release.

The SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami on Thursday wrote a fresh letter to the PM, stating, “Many Sikh prisoners are still lodged in different jails in the country, even after completing their life sentences and the Sikh sentiments want their release. Therefore, time should be given to the SGPC delegation for a meeting”. 

In the letter, he mentions the names of nine Sikh prisoners, who are not being released even after they served long sentences. The letter includes names of Bhai Gurdeep Singh Khera, Prof Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha, Bhai Gurmeet Singh, Bhai Shamsher Singh, Bhai Paramjeet Singh Bheora, and Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara.

Of these nine Sikh prisoners, eight have served jail sentences from 25 to 32 years, while one has served 17 years. The letter has also mentioned the name of jail in which the Sikh prisoners are lodged.

Meanwhile, Dhami said that the SGPC is making continuous efforts for release of Sikh prisoners and the letter has been written to the PM in its continuity.

SGPC President said upon getting time from the PM, a five-member delegation of SGPC will go for the meeting. He said that even for the future efforts, SGPC is holding discussion and a meeting of all SGPC members has been called at Teja Singh Samundri Hall on September 2, to discuss issue of release of Bandi Singhs. 

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