Posted by: Singh Is King | Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Punjab Police Arrests Daljit Singh Bittu In “Sedition Case”

bittu_1.jpg  Punjab police arrested Daljit Singh Bittu Shiromani Akali Dal(Amritsar) vice president and  co-convener of Khalsa Action Committee(KAC) formed to fight against dera Sacha Sauda from village Bhullar in Muktsar district. He was “wanted in a sedition case”.Sources said that police had also rounded up Bittu’s driver but released him later. Sources said that the police of Mukatsar, Moga, Bathinda and Fatehgarh Sahib played major role in arrest of Bittu from a police naka.

When contacted Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Nilabh Kishore he confirmed the arrest of Bittu. The court of Additional Sessions Judge, Fatehgarh Sahib in the first week of July had  dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Bittu. He was booked by Fatehgarh Sahib police on May 31 on ‘charges of sedition’ after he along with some of his associates raised slogans during a protest against Dera Sacha Sauda chief. Later he had approached Punjab and Haryana High Court but the court denied interim bail .

Dal Khalsa general secretary Kanwarpal Singh condemned the arrest of Daljit Bittu. He said that Bittu was co-convener if KAC and KAC was getting overwhelming support from Public so the State government arrested Bittu to suppress the voice of KAC.

Commenting upon arrest of Bittu, the Sikh Students Federation (SSF) has termed it as an undue interference by Indian State in religious affairs of Sikhs. SSF President  Parmjeet Singh Gazi and Press Secretary  Kamaljit Singh said that real reason behind the arrest of Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu  is to terrorize Sikhs and to defuse Sikh struggle against a Sirsa based dera which is committing attack on basic fundamentals of Sikhism.

They said that as Bhai Daljit Singh is one of the main members of Khalsa Action Committee, a coalition of various Sikh originations committed to implement edicts of Sri Akal Takht issue on dera issue, he is falsely charged with “sedition” just to keep him from taking lead in the struggle.

They alleged misuse of sedition law against Sikhs. It claimed that as per Indian Supreme Court Judgment in Balwant Singh Vs State of Punjab [AIR (1995) SC 1782] raising pro-Khalistan slogans does not amounts to sedition but Bhai Daljit Singh is falsely charged with sedition for the same and arrested by Fatehgarh Sahib Police from Mukatsar district.

They stated that behavior of Indian state is unfair towards Sikhs. State is protecting Dera Sirsa head, who is guilty of outraging Sikh sentiments, he is also facing CBI inquiry regarding charges of sexual-abuse, murder and land grabbing etc. Haryana Government has provided Z Plus security of dera head.

On the other hand Sikhs are not allowed to preach their religion. False cases are registered against Sikhs at Fatehgarh and Talwandi Sabo as Sikhs hold their religious functions there. They  warned State to stop these malpractices and should arrest dera head without any delay. They demanded that all Sikhs against whom false cases are registered should be released forthwith.

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