New Delhi, 29 January 2014. Bhai Iqbal Singh Bhatti today agreed to end his hunger strike after Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal agreed to work on Sikh demands. Although a copy of Kejriwal’s written letter had surfaced online earlier, it was only today opened by Bhai Bhatti in the presence of Sikh Sangat.
Kejriwal agreed to work for the release of Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar and establish a Special Investigations Team court to punish the culprits of the 1984 Sikh Genocide. These were the two major demands of Bhai Iqbal Singh.
A number of Sikh leaders and Sangat from Delhi and Punjab visited Bhai Iqbal Singh Bhatti today and insisted that he break his hunger strike and allow Kejriwal’s Government to work on his demands. Bhai Iqbal Singh Bhatti had started his fast on December 5 and was in his 55th day. He led the campaign peacefully and achieved victory by remaining determined about his goal.
It is noteworthy that this is the first time in 30 years that a Government in India has issued a formal letter allowing a fast track court for the 1984 Sikh massacres.
Arvind Kejriwal has further requested the release of Sikh political prisoner Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar on humanitarian grounds, which would be a huge victory for the Sikh Nation as so far all doors for his release had been closed.
Bhai Iqbal Singh Bhatti further thanked the Aam Aadmi Party for considering the demands of the Sikh Community. While all other political parties had ignored his campaign, a number of MLAs of the party visited Bhai Iqbal Singh on different occasions and were present today as well to express their support.
Bhai Iqbal Singh stated that so far other Governments had promised to address different Sikh issues, however these promises were withdrawn.
“This is the first time a written notice has been issued,” said Bhai Iqbal Singh Bhatti. The “Sikh community should take benefit of Kejriwal’s Government as they are willing to work on Sikh issues.”
The letter issued by Arvind Kejriwal