– Phoolka upset over drug usage in SGPC elections, Seeks amendment in Sikh Gurdwara Act

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 18 October 2018. After resigning from the legislative assembly of Punjab, former Supreme Court lawyer Harvinder Singh Phoolka has expressed concern over the misuse of prominent Sikh bodies like SGPC and DSGMC by the political parties for their vested interests.

He has said that the politicians are misusing these Sikh bodies for their own benefits.

Harvinder Singh Phoolka has said that it was very unfortunate that the use of drugs and alcohol has become common in the SGPC elections and the politicians don’t refrain from stooping so low to take control of sacred religious bodies.

Recalling the last SGPC elections held in 2011, Phoolka said that he had tried his best to put control over use of drugs in SGPC elections by executing a campaign in collaboration with Giani Kewal Singh under the banner of “Panthik Taalmel Committee” but still these politicians succeeded in winning elections using Drugs and establishing control over the apex Sikh body.

Appealing the Sikh community to make efforts for terminating political influence on these sacred Sikh bodies, Phoolka has sought amendment into the existing Sikh Gurdwara Act so that the politicians could be stopped from misusing the resources of Sikh community.

Advertisements – Giani Gurbachan Singh resigns, Seeks apology for pardoning Gurmeet Ram Rahim

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 19 October 2018. Amid day by day intensifying crisis in the SAD (Badal) leadership, the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has resigned from temporal post of Sikhism.

Interestingly, he has also sought an apology from the Sikh community for granting an unasked pardon to Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Giani Gurbachan Singh’s resignation came suddenly during the evening hours of October 18 despite the fact that he had been negated speculations of his resignation on October 17 as well as during the morning hours of October 18.

Shedding light on the positive achievements of Sikh community during his tenure, Giani Gurbachan Singh has sought apology from the Sikh community for exonerating Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in blasphemy charges.

In resignation, Giani Gurbachan Singh has cited weakening health as a reason behind his resignation. He has appealed the SGPC executive committee to appoint an eligible person in his place.

Giani Gurbachan Singh and his personal assistant Satinderpal Singh (who sent a press note regarding resignation) went unreachable immediately after making public the resignation.

However, the SGPC’s secretary and spokesperson Diljit Singh Bedi didn’t confirm receiving of Giani Gurbachan Singh’s resignation. “As and when we receive it, we will take the move accordingly. At this juncture, we have no official intimation regarding it and no resignation has been received,” he said. – Ajit Doval playing foul to save sacrilege culprits and killer cops, says Bir Davinder Singh

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 16 October 2018. Addressing the Sikh gathering at Bargari on October 14, the former Deputy Speaker of Punjab assembly Bir Davinder Singh said that the India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is playing foul by directly intervening in the sacrilege and other religious issues of Sikhs.

He added that all the directions for not taking any action against the sacrilege culprits and the killer cops are being made by the NSA Ajit Doval.

Raising questions over the working of Indian judiciary, he said that why the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice is not taking suo motto notice on this extremely emotive issue despite an extreme upsurge on this issue in Punjab.

Commenting on the constitution of Special Investigation Team by the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Bir Davinder Singh said that Captain Amarinder Singh is playing drama to evade arrest of guilty killer cops as the FIRs have been already registered against them.

Accusing the Indian government for acting in the back to facilitate legal relief to the killer cops from the Punjab & Haryana High Court, Bir Davinder Singh questioned the Sikhs that what will they do if the High Court invalidates the investigation report of Justice Ranjit Singh. – Tens of thousands pay homage to martyred Sikh youths at Bargari

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 14 October 2018. Tens of thousands of Sikhs today commemorated the third death anniversary of Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh Nikke Sarawan at Bargari.

Contrary to the expectations among political circles, the today’s gathering didn’t seem less than the earlier gathering held at Bargari on October 7.

Notably, Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh Nikke Sarawan had attained martyrdom in unprovoked firing opened by the police cops on peacefully protesting Sikhs at Behbal Klan on October 14, 2015.

Prominent Panthik leaders and AAP leaders enthusiastically participated in this tributary program held in the grain market of Bargari.

Addressing the gathering, all the leaders took on the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) for undermining the temporal Sikh institution by playing in the hands of anti-Sikh powers. They also criticized the Congress led Punjab government for not taking any action against the killer cops.

Rebel AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira, SAD (Amritsar) president S Simranjit Singh Mann, UAD president Bhai Mohkam Singh, General Secretary S Gurdeep Singh Bathinda, Bhai Satnam Singh Manawa, Bhai Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, S Jaskaran Singh Kahan Singh Wala, Bhai Balwant Singh Gopala etc addressed the Sikh gathering on this occasion beside the Sarbat Khalsa appointed Takht Jathedars.

The presence of Punjab Congress leaders Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria was noticed in the other tributary programs organized by the families of martyred Sikh youths in their native villages.

Interacting with media, the Punjab Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said that the Punjab government is planning to build memorials of Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh Nikke Sarawan in their villages.

Terming the Behbal Klan tragedy as the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy of 21st century, Bajwa said that the Punjab Government is duty-bound to give justice to the victims of Behbal Klan and Kotkapura firing incidents and the perpetrators would be behind the bars very soon. – 484th Birthday Celebrations: 200 hotel rooms to be provided free of cost to pilgrims

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 13 October 2018. Keeping in view the upcoming 484th birth anniversary of fourth Sikh master Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji, the SGPC underwent a meeting with the owners of hotels situated in the vicinity of Sri Harmandr Sahib on October 12.

SGPC secretary Dr. Roop Singh took up the issue of accommodation deficiency for the pilgrims coming to pay obeisance at sanctum sanctorum from distant areas.

Understanding the situation, the hotel owners promised to reserve 200 rooms for providing free of cost accommodation to devotees. The Hotel owners have also promised to offer rooms at discounted rates to the pilgrims.

Sharing the development with Sikh24, Dr Roop Singh informed that the SGPC is making robust arrangements for providing luxurious pilgrimage to devotees this year. He added that the school and college campuses will also be used to provide accommodation to devotees arriving in the holy city on this auspicious eve.

Dr. Roop Singh further informed that the SGPC will celebrate the birthday of Guru Ram Dass Ji with a focus on creating social awareness.

The Tribune – AAP’s Harvinder Singh Phoolka resigns as MLA

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 12 October 2018. Aam Aadmi Party MLA Harvinder Singh Phoolka on Friday resigned as legislator from the Punjab Assembly, expressing unhappiness over the state government’s alleged “failure” to initiate action against former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and retired DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in sacrilege incidents.

“I have sent my resignation as legislator of Punjab Vidhan Sabha to the Speaker through e-mail,” the Dakha MLA told PTI over phone.

However, Speaker Rana K P Singh is yet to take a call on the resignation, Assembly officials said.

If his resignation was to be accepted, AAP’s strength in the Vidhan Sabha will drop to 19 MLAs, eight of whom have formed a rebel group led by Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

Phoolka, who is fighting 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases in courts at New Delhi, had been asking the state government to initiate action against Badal and Saini in connection with police firing on people protesting at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan against sacrilege incidents.

On three occasions, he had said he would resign if action is not taken on the findings of Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh Commission.

According to the report of the Commission, that was set up to probe the sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib, Badal and Saini were “aware” of the proposed police action to disperse the protesters at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura using force.

It held that the police opened fire in Behbal Kalan, where two people were killed, “without any warning and without taking permission from civil authorities”. Phoolka had earlier resigned as the Leader of Opposition saying that he could not do justice with the post as he was fighting anti-Sikh riot cases.

In September, Phoolka had alleged that due procedure was not followed by the police before it opened fire on the protesters.

He said his resignation would put pressure on the state government to act on findings of the Justice (retired) Ranjit Singh Commission.

DNA India – Home ministry exempts Sikh women wearing turbans from wearing helmets

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 11 October 2018. The Union Home Ministry has advised the Chandigarh Administration to follow the notification issued by Delhi Government to exempt Sikh women who wear turbans, from wearing protective headgear (helmet) while driving two wheelers in Chandigarh.

The directive is in response to the representation received by to the Union Home Minister from representatives of Sikh bodies.

The Department of Transport, Delhi Government, through its notification issued on June 4, 1999, carried out the amendment in Rule 115 of Delhi Motor Vehicle Act 1993, making it optional for women “whether riding pillion or riding a motorcycle to wear a protective headgear”.

The rule was further amended through a notification dated August 28, 2014 as “in the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rule 1993, in Sub-Rule 115 for the word “Women” the word “Sikh Women” shall be submitted.

The correct position is: Sikhs (male or female) who wear turbans are exempt, those who do not are not
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The Tribune – CM reviews progress of SIT probe in sacrilege cases

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 09 October 2018. Amid growing concern within the ruling party over the delay in taking action in sacrilege cases and subsequent police firing at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura, CM Captain Amarinder Singh today reviewed the progress of the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

He also discussed with the Advocate General and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) the status of case regarding interim stay granted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to five policemen, whose names figured in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report.

The state’s plea for vacation of the stay is coming up for hearing tomorrow.

It is learnt the party’s top brass has drawn up plans to come out with some action before November so that people’s faith in the Congress was restored. The party wants to use the issue to its advantage in the Lok Sabha polls.

A senior government functionary said the presence of hardcore radicals among the gathering at Bargari on October 7 is an area of concern for intelligence agencies. The October 14 gathering to be held at Bargari and Panthic assembly on October 20 and 21 is being closely watched.

The CM and the police officers discussed the scheduled gathering of the Panthic leaders on October 14, called to observe the third anniversary of those killed in police firing at Behbal Kalan. “The Congress wants to oust Badals from the SGPC, but not allow the radicals to take over,” said a senior leader.

Earlier in the day, Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Dhillon are learnt to have met the CM seeking timely action against those whose complicity have figured in the Ranjit Singh report.
Though both termed the meeting as a courtesy call, it is learnt that they have sought taking the sacrilege cases and subsequent police firing to its logical conclusion. More leaders are expected to meet the CM in the coming days over the issue. – Sikh gathering at Bargari outshines SAD and Congress rallies

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 07 October 2018. Thousands of Sikh masses from all over the Punjab today participated in the “Insaaf March” taken out by Sukhpal Khaira led rebel AAP faction from Kotkapura to Bargari seeking punishment to sacrilege culprits.

The huge participation of Punjab masses in this march outshines the rallies held by SAD (Badal) and Congress to divert attention of Punjab masses from sacrilege issue.

Starting from the grain market of Kotkapura, the “Insaaf March” concluded at grain market of Bargari where the Sarbat Khalsa appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Dhian Singh Mand is sitting on strike since June 1 seeking punishment for sacrilege culprits.

Most of the participants were wearing black turbans and scarfs while the others had tied black ribbons on turbans to protest against the failure of Congress led Punjab government in bringing the sacrilege culprits to justice.

Sikh24 has learnt that police cops of six districts were deployed in Kotkapura and Bargari to avoid any “untoward” incident.

Addressing the gathering, Sarbat Khalsa appointed Takht Jathedars Bhai Dhian Singh Mand and Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal said that the Congress and SAD (Badal) were playing friendly politics on sacrilege issue.

Taking on the Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab government, they questioned that why the Punjab government is hesitating in arresting the sacrilege culprits.

SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann, Rebel AAP legislator Sukhpal Singh Khaira, LIP’s legislator Simarjit Singh Bains, UAD’s S Gurdeep Singh Bathinda, Satnam Singh Manawa, Dal Khalsa president Harpal Singh Cheema, Bhai Narain Singh Chaura etc. were prominent among the present Sikh leaders at this occasion. – Ex-Inspector and Sub-Inspector convicted for life in another fake encounter case of 1992

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 September 2018. Three days after convicting two Police cops for life, a Mohali based Special CBI Court today addressed life imprisonment to two more Police cops in another case of killing a 22 years old Sikh youth named Harjit Singh alias Gora in a fake encounter in 1992.

Prima facie reveals that the Ex-Inspector Gian Singh and SI Narinder Singh Malhi have been addressed life sentence by the Mohali based Special Court of Additional Sessions Judge Harjeet Singh for killing a Sikh youth named Harjit Singh alias Gora in a fake encounter.

The Court has also imposed penalty of Rupees 60 000/- on each convict so that the victim father S Balvir Singh could be compensated with Rupees 1 00 000/-.

On September 26, an Additional Sessions and District Judge of Mohali representing Special CBI Court had convicted two retired Police cops for life in a case pertaining to extra-judicially killing a teenage Sikh boy named Harpal Singh.

Beside it, the Court had also imposed a penalty of Rupees 61,000/- on each convict so that the mother of victim, Balwinder Kaur, could be compensated.

Case Detail: 22 year old Harjit Singh alias Gora S/o S. Balvir Singh, resident of village Sultanwind (Amritsar), was working as a mason in Sri Harmandr Sahib when he was abducted by Sub-Inspector Narinder “Singh”, the then Incharge of Daburji Police Station, along with his father during the wee hours of November 12, 1992.

The duo father-son was separated by the Police by handing over father Balvir Singh to Inspector Gian “Singh” of Vijay Nagar Police station.

Although S Balvir Singh was released after 22 days the whereabouts of his son Harjit Singh alias Gora remained unknown.

S Balvir Singh approached the senior Police cops including the DGP (on December 20, 1992) but neither he was given any satisfactory answer nor any action was taken against the guilty Sub-Inspector Narinder “Singh” Malhi and Inspector Gian “Singh”.

Watching no way out, the victim father S Balvir Singh approached the Supreme Court and succeeded in securing a CBI investigation into the case.

During the trial of the case, the CBI revealed before the Court that not only Harjit Singh alias Gora but also his brother Kuldeep Singh alias Kala was reduced to ashes by the guilty Police cops.

Although the Police had recorded a fake encounter of Kuldeep Singh alias Kala in its official record, but they didn’t show anything regarding the illegal custodial murder of Harjit Singh alias Gora.

In the meantime, the killer cops Narinder “Singh” Malhi and Gian “Singh” tried their best to make sit Balvir Singh by threatening and offering him huge ransoms of money.

Interacting with media after getting punished the killer cops, S Balvir Singh said that the duo cops ruined his family by killing his two young sons. He informed that he was also brutally tortured during his 22 days long illegal Police custody in a cement store.

The proceedings of this case were followed by the lawyers Rajwinder Singh Bains and Satnam Singh Bains, The duo lawyers have said that they will also seek probe into the fake encounter of the other son of S Balvir Singh i.e. Kuldeep Singh alias Kala.