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Behbal Kalan victims’ kin to hold convention

Behbal Kalan victims’ kin to hold convention
Office-bearers of Sikh Youth of Punjab unveil posters to commemorate death anniversary of protesters killed at Behbal Kalan in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 9

Disappointed at the government for delay in delivering justice in the killing of Gurjit Singh and Krishan Bhagwan Singh, who were among the protesters in Behbal Kalan, their families, in association with Sikh organisations, will hold a ‘shaheedi samagam’ (convention for martyrs) at Bargari on October 14.

The gathering at Behbal Kalan had been protesting the desecration that had rocked the state.

Krishan Bhagwan Singh’s son Sukhraj Singh said, “Four years after the incident, our hope for justice has been shattered as the Congress government, like its predecessor SAD, is playing politics over the protesters’ deaths.”

Sukhraj, vice president of Sikh Youth Punjab, said that before the commencement of the main programme, members of the SAD (Amritsar), led by its president Simranjit Singh Mann, will perform ‘ardas’ (prayer) at the same spot in Behbal Kalan where the protesters fell to bullets on October 14, 2015.

While pointing out the recent arrest of youths with arms and ammunition, Dal Khalsa leader Kanwar Pal Singh said, “The delay in delivering justice is radicalising youth.”

He said that in order to curb militancy, a political solution was required and the perpetrators of the 1984 massacre, “fake” encounters, disappearances and Bargari and Behbal Kalan firing accused must be punished.


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