Former Pakistan Sikh physique chief Mastan Singh, kin attacked in Sri Nankana Sahib
Amritsar, April 21
Pressure prevailed at Sri Nankana Sahib, the delivery place of Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan, after a bunch of males belonging to the land mafia allegedly attacked members of a outstanding Sikh household, leaving them injured.
The injured included Mastan Singh, former president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC); his sons Dilawar Singh (25) and Parminder Singh (30); moreover their two associates Taranjit Singh (25) and Palwinder Singh (21).
Taking cognisance of the incident, SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami mentioned if a outstanding Sikh household might be subjected to brutality, what safety might the unusual Sikhs anticipate in Pakistan?
The household of Mastan Singh and their kin had for the previous a number of years been cultivating wheat and paddy on 5.5 acres of leased land, 5 km from the shrine. The native land mafia, which had been eyeing this piece of prime land, tried to forcibly occupy it, which was resisted by the victims.
Speaking to The Tribune over the telephone, Mastan, who headed the PSGPC from 2004-2006, mentioned the incident occurred on April 19 when a bunch of males trespassed onto their fields.
“We have been busy in Baisakhi celebrations once we learnt in regards to the incident. We hurried to the spot solely to seek out our crop being broken to put the inspiration of a mosque. After we resisted the transfer, we have been attacked with batons,” he mentioned.
The native Nankana Sahib administration has constituted a committee to look into the incident. The committee has, nonetheless, questioned the Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB), the mum or dad physique of the PSGPC. “The ETPB has been requested to submit a report by Sunday. We’ve got been advised the subsequent plan of action can be taken accordingly,” he mentioned.
Dilawar mentioned they feared for his or her security. “We talked about ‘azadi’ (freedom)? Is that this the liberty we now have right here? The land mafia can hurt us and our properties with out concern. We aren’t protected right here. We’ve got been preventing the land grabbers for the previous 10 years, however haven’t been helped by the police,” he mentioned.
The SGPC president has urged the Centre to take up the matter with the Pakistan Authorities and make sure the security of Sikh minorities.
In the meantime, heavy safety has been deployed at Sri Nankana Sahib to avert a communal conflict.