Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 19. After celebrating Baisakhi at historic gurdwaras in Pakistan, scores of Sikh devotees returned today via the Attari-Wagah rail route. They were upset with Pakistan intelligence agencies, which they alleged, harassed them and even seized their SIM cards and memory cards.
Talking to mediapersons, Satpal Singh Laddi of Ferozepur said the Pakistan agencies pestered them during the visit and particularly targeted those in the age group of 30 to 35. He alleged the agencies interrogated them when they visited Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib and Lahore.
Laddi alleged the staff of these agencies even reached the Wagah railway station in Pakistan today and took away SIM cards and memory cards from their mobile phones.
Kanwaljeet Kaur of New Delhi said though they did not face any problem while paying obeisance at the holy shrines, they were hassled at the railway station where the Pakistan agencies kept the special train stranded for around four hours.
Balwinder Singh Jhabal of Khalra Mission Committee said they celebrated Baisakhi at Gurdwara Panja Sahib during which Pakistan Minorities Minister Jamil Shahzad participated as the chief guest. He said the Sikhs demanded that Gurdwara Beri Sahib in Sialkot should be thrown open to the pilgrims and Kartarpur Sahib Corridor be facilitated. Besides, a sarai should be constructed to provide accommodation to the pilgrims in Lahore, he said.