It may be recalled that Bapu Surat Singh (82) is on continuous hunger strike since January 16. He is demanding release of Sikh political prisoners who have already completed minimum mandatory terms of their sentences.
Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa’s fast unto death for the release of political Sikh prisoners is getting massive response from Sikh masses across Punjab. More than one lakh Sikhs have expressed solidarity with Bapu Surat Singh’s struggle in last 15 days by signing a support declaration.
Sangharsh Committee coordinator S. Gurdeep Singh Bathinda told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) over phone that decision to record written support from masses was taken in a meeting at Hassanpur. He said more than one lakh people has expressed their support to Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa so far.
A series of Vangaar Marches:
The Sangharsh Committee has reportedly decided to hold a series of ‘Vangaar marches’, including a march from Akal Takhat Sahib (May 25), Takhat Kesgarh Sahib (May 27) and Takhat Damdama Sahib (May 29). All these marches will conclude at Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa’s native village Hassanpur in Ludhiana district.
Rail Roko on May 31:
Gurdeep Singh Bathinda told SSN that railway tracks connecting Amritsar-Delhi junctions will be blocked on May 31st for two hours (from 12pm to 2pm) to protest against inaction of Punjab and Indian government in the case of Sikh political prisoners.
In order to strengthen struggle initiated by Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa for the release of the Sikh political prisoners, the Sangharsh Committee has announced to jam the railway traffic on Delhi-Amritsar track on May 31 from 12 PM to 2 PM. Besides, it has also planned to hold three ‘Vangar Marchs’ from May 25 to May 29.
Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa’s struggle:
It is notable that Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa is on fast unto death from 129 days seeking release of political Sikh Prisoners who have already served their mandatory terms. Police kept him on force-feeding through feeding tube for about two months at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. He was released by the police on April 24 after the members of Struggle Committee approached President of India.
Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa says that he is determined to end his life if the government fails to respond to his call. “I am determined that I will not end my hunger-strike in any case unless the government releases the concerned Sikh political prisoners. It’s not only an issue of release of Sikh political prisoners, it’s also an issue of sanctity of Ardas of a Sikh”, Bapu Surat Singh has repeatedly declared.