On Thursday, the Centre government turned down the demand of the Punjab Government for the release of Sikh Political Prisoners. The Sikh prisoners included those involved in the assassination of formed CM Beant Singh.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister along with SGPC head Avtar Singh Makkar, and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa went to personally meet Home Minister Rajnaath Singh. They appealed for a premature release of Sikh prisoners who’ve completed their required sentence.
The Union Home Minster’s office stated the legal opinion will be taken on certain cases of the prisoners who’ve completed 20 years but not of those involved in Beant Singh’s assassination.
“Sukhbir Singh Badal impressed upon Rajnath the urgent need to look into the issue of release of 13 detainees who are languishing in jails in various states including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Karnataka and Gujarat besides the Union territory of Chandigarh. He briefed Rajnath that few of the detainees were even 80 years old and one detainee had even gone blind,” a Punjab government spokesperson said.
“Badal also told Rajnath that the Punjab government had also on its part decided to move an application before the Supreme Court to allow it to exercise the pre mature release policy for all lifers who have completed their required sentence and were eligible for remission,” the spokesperson added.
Sukbhir Badal said he’s not anti-national and that the party is only acting due to the sentiments of the Punjabis.
Punjab CM Parkash Badal wrote a letter to different state governments for the pre-mature release of 13 Sikh prisoners.
Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa has entered day 58 of his hunger strike for the release of Sikh Political Prisoners at Gurdwara Lakhnaur Sahib, Haryana.