SGPC task force vs Sikh youths clash on 31st anniversary Bluestar, Sikh youths arrested
31 Sikh youth were arrested inside Sri Harmandar Sahib after a clash with the SGPC task force. The youth said the SGPC’s task forces without provocation attacked them just because they were wearing Guru’s Bana. On the Behest of SGPC, the police registered case against the Sikh youth.
The magistrate reportedly sent them to judicial custody under preventive detention (u/s 107/151 of Code of Criminal Procedure).
The police said that these 31 persons were arrested on the complaint of SGPC for creating disturbance in the Darbar Sahib complex. The police said that they are detailed under preventive detention measures.
The arrested Sikhs belong to Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Firozepur, Ludhiana, Mukatsar, Nawanshehr, Tarn Taran and other districts of Punjab.
Police said that arrested Sikh youth include a British citizen named Dapinder Singh, 26, son of Balbir Singh, who fails from Derby (UK). Police said that Dapinder Singh’s father has said that his son has keen interest in Sikh traditions and he visits Punjab regularly for performing Sewa (service) at various Gurdwara Sahibs.
According to media reports, the parents of arrested Sikh youth have alleged that SGPC was framing their innocent boys in false case. On the other hand SGPC sources say that the task force’s action against a group of ‘agitated’ Sikh youth was used as last resort as these youth were violating the maryada with the Darbar Sahib precincts.
Sikh circles have raised serious concerns over incidents of clash between Sikh youth and SGPC’s task force on 6 June for second year in a row.
Some members of the youth further stated the SGPC task force was looking to cause trouble and started beating anyone who wore bana.
The Singhs went onto say they were minding their own business when suddenly task force members came running at them with batons.
The Singhs were beaten until the police was able to arrest them.