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Bhai Dilawar Singh National martyr and Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana Living martyr: Akal Takhat; Sikh bodies declare extensive protest plan

March 23, 2012 | By

Giani Gurbachan Singh

Sri Amritsar, Punjab (March 23, 2012): Sri Akal Takhat Sahib today declared Bhai Dilawar Singh as “National Martyr of the Sikh Nation”, and Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana is awarded the title of “living martyr of the Sikh Nation”. Bhai Balwant Singh is awaiting execution of death sentence awarded to him for assassinating Punjab state’s chief minister Beant Singh on 31 August, 1995. Beant Singh’s regime was responsible for mass level atrocities and physical persecution of the civilian Sikh population in Punjab.

A meeting of five Singh Sahibs, Jathedars of five Takhats of Sikhs, was held here today during afternoon and the decisions were declared by Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat.

Five Jathedars have directed Punjab Chief Minister and Badal Dal Patron Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal (President of Badal Dal) and Avtar Singh Makkar President of Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee to meet President of India and seek release of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana and convey sentiments of the Sikh nation to the Indian state.

Akal Takhat Jathedar has also directed the Sikhs to close their work places on March 28 and mediate the Naam (Vaheguru) for Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana.

Meanwhile, the Seven member committee formed by the various Sikh organizations, including Shiroman Akal Dal (Mann), Akali Dal Panch Pardhani, Khalsa Action Committee, Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, Dal Khalsa; has chalked out and declared the follow up plan after hearing the decisions taken by Sri Akal Takhat Sahib.

Sikh organizations have given a one day Punjab bandh call on 28 March, 2012 to protest against proposed execution of Bhai Balwant Singh.

They have asked the Sikh masses to organize marches from three Sikh Takhats situated in Punjab to Patiala city where Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana is confined in Central Jail, Patiala. Sikh organizations shall be organizing a mass level protest dharna at Patiala on 30 and 31 March.

As the date of execution is coming close the security around Central Jail Patiala and Patiala city has begin to beef up.

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