Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib had directed community to do so
Amritsar, July 23 (Punjab Post Bureau) – In view of rigid attitude of the governments about release of Bandi Singhs (Sikh prisoners), under the direction to Sikh Qaum (community) by Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib, Giani Harpreet Singh, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will install boards at historical Gurdwaras and educational institutions, giving information of Bandi Singhs.
The boards will be installed with a motive to inform the Sangat (community) about the injustice and atrocities being done to Bandi Singhs by the governments.
SGPC President Advocate Harjinder Singh said this in a statement on Saturday.
He said on the occasion of Prakash Purb (birth anniversary) of Guru Harkrishan Sahib at Kiratpur Sahib, the Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib during his address had directed the Sangat worldwide to oppose injustice with Bandi Singhs and to install big size boards about them at Gurdwaras and other institutions.
“The photos of Bandi Singhs besides information about their sentence and present status will be published on these boards”, said Harjinder Singh.
SGPC President said that after the direction from Jathedar, the SGPC has decided to install these boards at the Gurdwaras and educational institutions under its management. He said these boards will be installed at the main entrance gates of Gurdwaras and at suitable places in educational institutions. The secretary of SGPC has been asked to prepare the outlet of these boards and this work will be completed soon.
Strongly criticising the governments, Harjinder Singh said that it is violation of human rights that the Sikh prisoners are not being released despite the fact that they have served sentences more than the life imprisonment and the Centre and concerned State Governments are directly responsible for this violation.
He said the SGPC wrote letters to the Prime Minister of India, the Home Minister and the Chief Ministers of Delhi and Karnataka for a meeting to discuss the issue of Sikh prisoners but no response has been received yet. He said effort was made to meet Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal by approaching at his residence in Delhi during the protest held at Jantar Mantar on July 20, but he did not consider it necessary to meet.
Harjinder Singh said that it is Kejriwal’s anti-social attitude, which has exposed his arrogance.