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SGPC President strongly objects to releasing Gurmeet Ram Rahim for fourth time in a year

AMRIK SINGH | January 21, 2023 09:37 PM

AMRITSAR: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Harjinder Singh Dhami has strongly objected to 40 day parole granted to Dera Sirsa head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who is serving in jail under henious charges of murder and rape. He said that if murderers and rapists can be left free in the society like this, then what is the difficulty in releasing the Bandi Singhs (Sikh prisoners) who struggled for Qaumi (community’s) rights and interests.

SGPC president said that the dual policy of the governments towards minorities is creating an environment of mistrust among Sikhs. He said that if Gurmeet Ram Rahim, accused of murder and rape, can come out for four times within a year, then why is the government not listening to the voice raised by the Sikh community for the release of Bandi Singhs.

Harjinder Singh Dhami said that people of all religions live in India, but sadly, in violation of the constitution, a different policy is being adopted towards the minorities.

“Minority Sikhs are continuously being ignored under hateful attitude”, said Harjinder Singh Dhami. He questioned that what is so special about Gurmeet Ram Rahim that he is being released from jail repeatedly by ignoring the heinous crimes that he committed. He said that even after three decades of imprisonment of the Bandi Singhs, many of them were not even given parole.

SGPC President clearly asked the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi not to adopt a biased attitude towards the minorities and to ensure protection of the rights of the people of all religions as per the Constitution.

“If this attitude continues, the feeling of alienation will prevail among the Sikhs who struggled for freedom of the country, which is not good for the nation. Even in the case of Bandi Singhs, the governments should adopt a compassionate policy and take the decision to release them keeping in mind their characters in the jails”, said Harjinder Singh Dhami.

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