Father of Sikh Shot Dead “He just went there to serve langar”

Father of a Singh who was shot dead by police fire at Behbal Kalan village said his son had gone to serve langar.

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Pritam Singh has no time to mourn. The 83-year-old leans on his walking stick as villagers help him move the body of his grandson, Gurjit Singh (27), into a van hired from Saranwa village. “My only priority is to get justice for my grandson. We are ferrying his body to the nearby Guru ki Taabh village, where the protest will continue till an FIR is lodged against policemen who shot my grandson,” said Pritam.

On Wednesday, police clashed with protesters agitating against an alleged incident of sacrilege involving Guru Granth Sahib. As police opened fire at Behbal Kalan village, the bullets killed Gujit from Saranwa, who ran an electrical-motor repair shop, and Krishan Singh (44), a granthi (Sikh priest) who made his living through kirtans in villages. “He just went there to serve langar to Sikhs who were protesting peacefully. We were just protesting for the dignity of our faith.

Was it wrong? What was my grandson’s fault,” asked Pritam. His son and another grandson work in Kenya. Another villager, Master Pooran Singh, said the protest at Guru Ki Taabh will not end till errant policemen are arrested for killing “brothers who just went there to serve langar.” In the neighboring village of Naimiyewala, a family mourned their sole breadwinner’s death. After returning from Africa, Krishan Singh earned a paltry sum of Rs 4000 every month by singing gurbani.

He supported his daughter Amrit Kaur’s (19) college education, and was paying for the computer classes of his son, Prabhdeep Singh (18). “What was his fault? He was just following teachings of our Gurus. He went there to serve langar to protesting Sikhs,” said Mohinder Singh, Krishan’s father and an eyewitness. “A bullet hit him in the back. I used my turban to stop the bleeding. Then, I tried using his turban but he was gone,” he said.

Originally Published by the Indian Express

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