December 7, 2009 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana (December 7, 2009): In a press release the Voices for Freedom condemns the indiscriminate use of bullets which resulted in one death and scores of protesting devout Sikhs injured. The Panjab Police, ever ready to resort to cane charge any assembly of people, did not use water canons to stop the protesting Sikhs, did not fire rubber bullets to quell the protestors, but resorted to firing live bullets into the protestors killing Darshan Singh Lohara of district Ludhiana, injuring more than twelve others, of which two are in critical condition.
Voices for Freedom had warned many a times in the last few months that in case the Government of India does not stop sponsoring and supporting heretic cults who are hell-bent on denigrating the basic postulates of Sikhism and who want to poke fun at the Sikhs by resorting to blasphemous utterances, things will reach a situation for a civil war in the state of Panjab.
Sudip Minhas, Executive Director, Voices For Freedom, said: “Genocide, nearly always the result of identity-related conflicts, is one of the most heinous of crimes. The National Human Rights Commission should look into this seriously and try to come up with a report. The problem inherently is not that of democratic process is not allowed to follow but it’s the continuous heretical attacks against a religion are going unchecked that provokes people”
The Badal-BJP government of Panjab failed to respond to fervent appeals by student bodies, religious organizations and political groups to cancel the gathering in Ludhiana by the Ashutosh-led Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan (organization), with headquarters in Nur Mahal, Panjab.
The Chief Minister of the Panjab State, Mr. Badal, is also aware of the fact that there is a report of a committee formed by the Akal Takht-an institution for the political sovereignty of the Sikhs, in Amritsar Panjab, which states that the Noormahal Dera (cult) has been guilty of religious transgression and blasphemy.
Voices for Freedom decrees the SGPC for not implementing this report submitted to the Akal Takht Sahib on January 30, 2004.
In our memorandum to the United States Commission on Religious Freedoms in September this year, while mentioning the reasons for the spate of political arrests, we had said that the arrests were “because of the ongoing peaceful campaign by Daljit Singh’s group against various cults that have mushroomed all over Panjab and are conspiring, a ploy and a facade for destroying Sikhism through a crude methodology of corrupting and insulting Sikhism and outraging Sikh beliefs. This happened in 1978 with the neo-Nirankaris and it is a similar situation in particular with the Dera Sirsa cult.”
In the press release the Voices for Freedom has made following demands to the State Government of Panjab and the National Human Rights Commission of India-
i) that an independent impartial inquiry be placed immediately into this incident;
ii) that the police personnel guilty of murdering Darshan Singh Lohara and injuring others should be booked for murder and attempt to murder;
iii)and implement the report submitted to the Akal Takht Sahib on January 30, 2004, which states that the Noormahal Dera (cult) is guilty of religious transgression and blasphemy.
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