– Dal Khalsa seeks judicial inquiry into suicide of Lovepreet Singh

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 22 July 2020. The Dal khalsa has demanded judicial inquiry into the suicide of Sangrur boy Lovepreet Singh under mysterious circumstances at Gurdwara Amb Sahib after he was grilled by NIA in a case under UAPA.

The leaders of the Dal Khalsa made their demand after meeting Kewal Singh, the father of the deceased at their native village Ratta Khera. Leaders expressed their grief and condolences with the family members.

Lovepreet was an amritdhari Sikh and a granthi by profession. He was summoned by the NIA in a case registered by the Amritsar police in October 2018, which was later on in April 2020 taken over by the NIA.

The father of the victim told the media that he smells some foul game into the death of his son and demanded transparent and impartial probe.

Yesterday, the family members of Lovepreet along with Sukhpal Singh Khaira met Sangrur SSP and demanded thorough probe into the matter. It was reported that the SSP handed over the probe to local SP (D).

Reacting to it, Dal Khalsa president Harpal Singh Cheema said the Punjab police officer won’t be in a comfortable position to grill or question the officials of the NIA, which is the central premier agency with unbridled powers.

He said the accused went to NIA office and remained there for the whole day. After returning at late evening, he committed suicide at Gurdwara room where he was staying.

Cheema said something horrific must have occurred during investigation by NIA that the young boy took extreme step and ended his life. “The fear of being falsely framed under draconian laws could be the one reason,” he argued.

He said only the sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High court can dig out the truth. He demanded from the chief minister to hand over the inquiry to higher judiciary- short of that everything would lead to injustice.

Coming down heavily on Union as well as State government for terrorising the youth under the garb of tackling 2020 referendum campaign, he said Lovepreet has become casualty of these draconian laws, that needs to be repealed.

SYP president Paramjit Singh Mand, who accompanied H S Cheema, said to kill dissent, the governments are using bullying laws to silence dissenters.

He said the youths are being targeted, harassed and humiliated at police stations and the political leadership including CM has shut their eyes providing impunity to forces.

The Tribune – Sidhu being victimised in Congress, welcome to join us: Khaira

Three regional parties of Punjab Democratic Alliance to merge

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar – Panjab – India, 08 June 2019. Stating that Navjot Singh Sidhu was being victimised by the Congress for telling the truth, Punjabi Ekta Party founder Sukhpal Khaira on Saturday welcomed the Punjab minister to join the alliance.

Khaira said the three regional parties of the Punjab Democratic Alliance shall be merged in the coming days. Khaira also sought the stopping of release of Punjab waters to Pakistan.

Addressing the media here, Khaira said in the coming two days, a unity committee would be formed under which all three regional parties of the PDA: Nava Punjab Party, Lok Insaaf Party and Punjbai Ekta Party, shall be merged and will have a common symbol.

Speaking on Sidhu, Khaira said, “He is being victimised by the Congress. He spoke the truth. But due to political understanding between Captain Amarinder Singh and the Badals, he is being targeted.

The Congress tried to insult him. While portfolios of ministers who lost haven’t been changed, Sidhu’s portfolio was changed. We appeal to him to still stick to the truth.

If he bids goodbye to the Congress, he is welcome to join us. We will respect him.”

Before Khaira, the Taksali Akali Dal had also extended invitation to Sidhu a few days ago.

Speaking on unity of PDA’s Punjab parties, Khaira said, “Post elections it is a common request that Punjab’s three regional forces, which are fighting on truth, should get together under one banner. So our call is for ‘Ik nishan, ik vidhan, ik pardhaan’ (one symbol, one principle, one leader).

It has been unanimously decided that a unity committee shall be formed and will decide on the issue. While respective leaders will hold talks in the first phase, we also welcome others to join in.”

Khaira said, “We are also willing to talk to Taksali Akali Dal to expand the alliance.” He said in the larger fight against the Congress and BJP he was also willing to talk to the AAP.

‘Stop release of water to Pakistan’

Sukhpal Khaira said his party and the PDA shall be adopting the Buddha Nullah and starting a cleanliness campaign in the coming days. He also called for the suspending the release of “15,000 to 20,000 cusecs of Punjab waters per day” to Pakistan even as the state reels under a crisis.

He said, “The PDA with the help of various organisations shall be adopting the toxic Buddha Nullah which is leaving a trail of cancer.

We will be carrying out a campaign, wherein research about the industries would be carried out and information regarding polluting industries shall be revealed. He said the campaign shall be expanded to include the river waters of the state which are currently facing a huge crisis.”

Khaira also called for the Congress and Akali Dal to seek pending dues from Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi for sharing waters with them. He said the government had failed to honour the resolution passed in the Vidhan Sabha on November 16, 2016.

“While state’s canals were empty, 15,000 to 20,000 cusecs of water is being shared with Pakistan. This should stopped immediately,” he added.