Dal Khalsa protest on February 13 in Nawan Shahar against sentencing of three Sikh youth
Punjab Update Update
Jalandhar, February 11: Referring to life sentence awarded to Arwinder Singh, Surjit Singh and Ranjit Singh in a 2016 case by a Nawanshahr Session court, the Dal Khalsa said the order of the court indicting the accused merely because of possession of books related to Sikh struggle and other Khalistani literature is highly unjust and disturbing.
The hard line Sikh organisation would stage protest against this judgment in front of Nawanshahr Session Court on 13 February from 11 to 3 pm.
Party head Advocate H S Cheema said the judgement of the Sessions Judge Nawan Shahr, sentencing three youth for sedition and unlawful activity has far reaching implications on the right to dissent and the right to free expression. The decision has clearly violated principles of natural justice and fair play, he said.
“We will not remain silent spectators and we will take all legal and civil steps against this unjust judicial overreach”, he said.
Dal Khalsa General Secretary Paramjit Singh Tanda and organizing secretary Ranbir Singh said, “The law of sedition is being abolished worldwide and there is a movement in this direction by civil liberties activists in India too, but the present order has shown that regressive forces still want to live in the throes of imperialism”.
To drive their point home, they said there is no violent activity, either by the accused or by anyone else allegedly influenced by the accused.
Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwarpal Singh said one can’t be prosecuted for mere possession of the pamphlets on which the judgment was based.
SYP head Paramjit Singh Mand said the silence of political parties, SGPC and individual leaders is highly disturbing. These leaders appreciated the concern shown by Patiala MP Dr Dharam Vira Gandhi.