Tribune News Service
Amritsar, February 4. After a period of more than six years, the local police finally filed a challan against 22 Dal Khalsa activists in a sedition case registered against them on June 8, 2005. Six of the accused, including Dal Khalsa’s secretary general Kanwar Pal Singh, appeared before the trail court of CJM Kuldeep Singh today. The court has fixed March 13 as the next date of hearing and has ordered all the accused to appear before it.
The local police had on June 8, 2005 registered a case under various offences, including sedition, at Civil Lines Police Station against Dal Khalsa activists for organising a Genocide Remembrance March on the eve of 21st anniversary of “Operation Bluestar”. The FIR was registered under sections 153-B, 153-A, 124-A, 188 of the IPC.
In February, 2010, the accused had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court and filed a petition praying for the quashing of the FIR. The case is still pending in the High Court and the next date of hearing is February 9, said Kanwar Pal Singh.
He said the police today filed a challan under section 188 of the IPC whereas sanction to prosecute the accused under sedition charges from the Department of Home Affairs and Justice was still awaited.
He further commented, “What had the government and the police been doing for all these years.” He added that the march passed through the streets of Amritsar peacefully and culminated at Sri Akal Takhat Sahib.
A number of policemen and intelligence operatives were in attendance to monitor the event although no incidents of incitement or violence occurred and no attempt was made to stop the march or make any arrests during the event, he claimed.