The Times of India – After decades, Shaheedi Jor Mela turns non-political

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Fategarh Sahib-Panjab-India, 31 December 2017. After years the Shaheedi Jor Mela, the martyrdom anniversary of the two younger Sahibzaadas (sons) of Guru Gobind Singh, did not have political overtones.

All major political parties gave in after a slew of protests by several Sikh activists and an online campaign to oppose political conferences at the event.

However, opposition to a political leader’s speech is not new. Former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru faced resistance from Sikh activists when Congress leaders of Punjab wanted him to address devotees from the Diwan Hall of Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara on the occasion of Shaheedi Jor Mela.

A few Sikh youths removed the mike when the Prime Minister reached the hall to address the congregation. Incidentally, everyone in the group rose to a high position.

“Nehru’s government had dismissed the PEPSU government, which was the first non-Congress government in India and imposed President’s rule. Akali Dal and others opposed this decision. Elections were scheduled for February, 1954 and Congress leaders intended to use Shaheedi Jor Mela for electoral gains by inviting Nehru to speak there.

Master Tara Singh, who headed both the SGPC and SAD, declared that the PM would not be allowed to speak as it would be wrong for the PM to use the occasion to address people. Moreover, Panthic circles were angry over the dismissal of a non-Congress government,” said Tarlochan Singh, who lifted the mike as Nehru was about to speak.

He went to become President Giani Zail Singh’s press secretary, a Rajya Sabha member and then vice-chairman of the National Commission for Minorities.

“When the PM reached Diwan Hall and was about to address the gathering, I removed the mike, leaving him confused. Even though police kept an eye on us, a few of us managed to sneak into the hall and reach near the stage pretending to be keen to listen to the PM.

We were around a dozen leaders and members of All India Sikh Students Federation,” said the former MP, who remains active in Sikh and Punjab issues.

“Police arrested and booked us for attacking the police. We were tried and sentenced to imprisonment. Later, Maharaja Patiala Yadvindra Singh commuted our sentence. Most of us were students of Mahindra College, Patiala.

Even the foreign media reported the incident as it was very unusual that PM Nehru was not allowed to speak at an event by a few Sikh youths,” he recalled.

Bathinda-based Harvinder Singh Khalsa, an AISSF leader, writer and chronicler of events in contemporary Sikh religious and political spheres, said nine Sikh youths were tried for attempted murder.

Advertisements – Charanjit Chadha goes underground to evade Police Investigation

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Amritsar-Panjab-India, 31 December 2017. Following the filing of an FIR No. 144 against him in the police station of Islamabad (Amritsar Sahib) under sections 354, 354A, 506, 509 of Indian Penal Code and 67, 67-A of Information Technology Act, former Chief Khalsa Diwan principal Charanjit Chadha has allegedly gone underground to evade police investigations.

Police Commissioner of Amritsar Sahib S S Srivastava had constituted a Special Investigation Team under leadership of ADCP (Crime) Harjit Singh Dhaliwal, however, since the filing to the FIR, Chadha has been untraceable and his phone is switched off.

Statement of victim woman Principal of CKD run school was recorded by the Police on December 30 in which she reiterated allegations against former CKD President Charanjit Chadha.

Meanwhile, it has come to fore that Charnjit Chadha has gone underground to evade Police investigation against him. It is being speculated that he has left India but some people are also claiming that he is in Nanded (Maharashtra).

Charanjit Chadha’s son Inderpreet Singh Chadha, who is also accused of threatening the victim woman Principal of serious consequences, has been given interim bail for four days by the Court.

Sources have informed that he has been given bail on the condition of joining the Police investigation against Charanjit Chadha.

The Police have been asked to present its record in this case on January 8, 2018.

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The New Indian Express – RTO inspector in soup for asking a Sikh to wear helmet

Mangaluru-Karnataka-India, 30 December 2017. An RTO inspector has landed himself in trouble for allegedly humiliating a Sikh.

According to a complaint filed by a group of people belonging to Sikh community with Deputy Commissioner Sasikantha Senthil, Inspector Nagaraj Bhat asked Karmender Singh Rathore to wear a helmet during a riding test for driving licence a few days back.

Though Singh tried to convince him that Sikhs wearing turban are exempted from wearing helmets, the officer was not ready to hear him. In fact, an angry Bhat allegedly shouted at Singh saying, “You should wear a helmet if you have a head.”

Later, Karmender narrated the incident before ‘Guru Singh Sabha’, following which they approached DeC Sasikanth Senthil seeking action against the inspector. DC Senthil confirmed that he has received a complaint. He said, “I have asked the RTO to take a serious note of this incident and initiate action against the inspector,” he said.

The Hindu – Panjab Police have no clue on trafficking of minors to France

Chandigarh-Panjab-India, 31 December 2017. Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation has registered an FIR against three travel agents for the alleged trafficking of 25 minors from Punjab to France using forged documents, the State police have no clue about the case.

The police said on Sunday that they had come to know about the case through the media and a preliminary inquiry by them indicated that no such incident had been reported in their region.

“We don’t have any information regarding students going missing. We even inquired about it, but as of now, nothing has come to the fore. We have neither received complaint from any school nor from parents regarding this,” Jagjit Singh, Superintendent of Police (Investigation), Kapurthala, told The Hindu.

Mr Singh said the police were waiting for intimation from the CBI. “Till now, the CBI has not contacted us. If they do get in touch, we will offer all support,” he said.

Mr Singh did not rule out the apprehension that the school addresses that had appeared during the CBI investigation could be fake.

He, however, said “it’s a matter of investigation and a further probe by CBI would only unravel the occurrence of case.”