SGPC flags assault on Sikhs in Pakistan
Amritsar, April 21
Pressure prevailed at Sri Nankana Sahib, the start place of Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan, after a gaggle 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); in addition to their two associates Taranjit Singh (25) and Palwinder Singh (21).
Bid to occupy land
- The household of Mastan Singh and his relations had for the previous a number of years been cultivating wheat and paddy on 5.5 acres of leased land
- The native land mafia, which had been eyeing this piece of prime land, tried to forcibly occupy it, which was resisted by the victims, resulting in the assault
Taking cognisance of the incident, SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami stated if a outstanding Sikh household might be subjected to brutality, what safety might the extraordinary Sikhs anticipate in Pakistan?
The household of Mastan Singh and their relations 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.
‘No assist from police, Concern for our security’
We aren’t secure right here. We’ve got been preventing land grabbers for the previous 10 years, however haven’t obtained assist from the police. —Dilawar Singh, Son of PSGPC Ex-chief
Speaking to The Tribune over the telephone, Mastan, who headed the PSGPC from 2004-2006, stated the incident occurred on April 19 when a gaggle 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 search out our crop being broken to put the muse of a mosque. After we resisted the transfer, we have been attacked with batons,” he stated.
The native Nankana Sahib administration has constituted a committee to look into the incident. The committee has, nevertheless, questioned the Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB), the dad or mum physique of the PSGPC. “The ETPB has been requested to submit a report by Sunday. We’ve got been informed the subsequent plan of action shall be taken accordingly,” he stated.
Dilawar stated 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 worry. We aren’t secure right here. We’ve got been preventing the land grabbers for the previous 10 years, however haven’t been helped by the police,” he stated.
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.