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Dal Khalsa and SAD (Mann) to Hold Joint Protest on Jan 26

Amritsar: Sikh group Dal Khalsa alongside Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar announces the holding of a protest against India’s intelligence and security agencies, with the tactical approval from political leadership indulging in transnational repression, misusing provisions of draconian laws like UAPA by proscribing organisations and individuals as terrorist and unlawful, invoking NSA to curb Sikh activism beside keeping Sikh political detainees incarcerated beyond their jail term”.

Addressing the press conference here today, Akali leader MP Simranjit Singh Mann and Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said both the organisations will hold demonstration at Moga on Jan 26- the day Indians will celebrate their Republic Day.

The main thrust of the protest will be impunity and unbridled powers given to security establishment to kill anyone, anytime at anyplace by amending Constitution and laws. He referred to the elimination of Sarbat Khalsa appointed former acting Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaonke extrajudicially by police personal led by then DGP Gill, and who have gone a scot free thanks to the impunity being enjoyed by forces in this country.

They said “Since the adoption of the Indian Constitution on January 26, 1950, our quami identity has been compromised, political aspirations crushed, economic potential undermined and human rights abused. Punjab doesn’t have ownership rights of its capital and waters.” And all this is being done by using or misusing and sometimes not using provisions of the Constitution by powers that rules the country, they added.

Mr. Mann said Narendra Modi government was playing dubious and double games with Sikhs on Bandi Singh’s issue. The Deep State doesn’t want to set them free as a section of bureaucracy, police and security agencies were nurturing hatred and vengeance against them. Notwithstanding the Govt’s approach towards them, we consider them as prisoners of conscience.

Dal Khalsa leaders Kanwar Pal Singh and Paramjit Singh Mand condemned India for banning Hurriyat, accusing the present political leadership as hawkish and brutal.

Rejecting all the arguments and allegations given by the Narendra Modi led Government for banning the Hurriyat Conference, the leaders said that Tehreek-e-Hurriyat ( TeH) led by late Syed Ali Shah Geelani was a common political platform of all the organizations fighting for the cause of Kashmir’s freedom.

The leaders claimed that Hurriyat never participated in violent activities nor they encouraged violence as a means to achieve the mission.

Kanwar Pal Singh took strong notice of the government of India’s deliberate attempt to paint the Sikh freedom movement with negative brush by clubbing militants with gangsters.

Referring to recent examples, he said that the likes of Lakhbir Singh Landa and Goldi Brar who have picked up arms to mint money or seek popularity have been placed in the same category as that of likes Bhai Wadhwa Singh Babbar and other Sikh freedom fighters, who have chosen the militant path for the sake of religion and a just cause.

This is a subtle way to defame the Sikh militant movement for independence, he said and added that the Sikhs need to counter Govt’s falsehood narrative at all levels. And we will protest against all these Constitutional wrongs, discriminations and injustices on Jan 26, said he.

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