India to Release Stamp of Beant Singh, Causes Uproar

It has been learnt that India will release a postal stamp in memory of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh.

Dal Khalsa leaders Satnam Singh, Dr Manjinder Singh and spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh, in a statement, said, “The Centre’s proposed move would further deepen the sense of alienation among Sikhs against the (Indian) state as scores of youth were butchered during the former Congress leader’s regime in the 1990s.”

In a statement issued on Monday, spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh said, “Sikhs consider Beant Singh as a violator of human rights as it was during his regime that killings of youths in fake encounters were order of the day”. Dal Khalsa has issued an appeal to Sikhs to reach Akal Takht on August 31 to pay tributes to Dilawar Singh, the human bomb who killed Beant Singh in 1995. “We will perform Ardas in memory of Dilawar Singh on his 18th martyrdom day,” he said. Jathedar of Akal Takht had declared Dilawar Singh a “Quami martyr” while Balwant Singh Rajona, another assassin of Beant Singh, was declared “living martyr”

Dr Manjinder urged the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Damdami Taksal and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to lodge a protest with the Centre against the stamp.

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