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SGPC will give Rs 20,000 honorarium every month to 9 Bandi Singhs with long sentences : Advocate Dhami

AMRIK SINGH | January 27, 2023 08:39 PM

AMRITSAR : The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has decided to give 20 thousand rupees every month as honorarium to 9 Sikhs imprisoned in the country's jails for a long time. Along with this, UNO and the International Court of Justice will also be approached regarding the issue of the release of the captive Singhs.
Speaking to the media persons after the meeting of the executive committee at the Shiromani Committee office here today, Shiromani Committee President Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami said that the government's injustice towards the Sikhs who have been in jail for three decades is a major violation of human rights, regarding which Voice will be raised on international forums.
He said that the executive committee has decided to give monthly honorarium of 20 thousand rupees to 9 Sikh prisoners with long sentences and legal assistance as required.
Among them, Bhai Gurdeep Singh Khera, Prof. Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha, Bhai Gurmeet Singh, Bhai Shamsher Singh and Bhai Paramjit Singh Bhiora. He said that among them, Bhai Rajoana is already being given this honorarium. Advocate Dhami said that since 1984, the Shiromani Committee has been standing with the struggling Sikhs and will continue to be committed to the same.
He informed that the signature campaign started by the Shiromani Committee regarding the release of captive Singhs will be intensified and Sikh organizations, educational institutions, Singh Sabhas and people working for human rights will be taken along and it will be delivered from house to house.
He said that the struggle for the release of captive Singhs will be fought at all levels and the governments will have to bow down to the voice of the Sikh community.
He also said that in this regard, senior advocate for legal requirements. Puran Singh Hundal, Paramjit Singh Thiara, Baltej Singh Dhillon, Mr. Bhagwant Singh Sialka, Amarjit Singh Dharni .
A legal advisory board based on Arshdeep Singh Klar has been constituted, which will continue to function for legal assistance to the families of Bandi Singhs.
Shiromani Committee President Advocate Dhami said that the Executive Committee has also decided to file a writ petition in the High Court against Sauda Sadh Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who is being punished on charges of murder and rape, taking strict notice of the patronage being given by the government. He said that inviting Ram Rahim, who was on parole, as a state guest by the Haryana government is a great insult to the judiciary and at the same time giving him parole again and again and waiving the sentence of 90 days is not acceptable in the civilized society.
He said that the court proceedings against Ram Rahim in blasphemy cases are also going on, so the possibility of his coming out cannot be ruled out.
Advocate Dhami said that the Shiromani Committee will go to the High Court on this serious matter and if necessary, the Supreme Court will also be approached.
Giving information about other decisions, Advocate Dhami said that in view of the cult services of Maharaja Ripudaman Singh Nabha, his picture will be installed in the Central Sikh Museum. He said that Maharaja Nabha supported the Gurdwara reform movement and also contributed significantly in getting the Anand Marriage Act passed in 1909. Along with this, when Saka Nankana Sahib happened, Maharaja Nabha was also included among those who protested by tying black turbans on the invitation of the Shiromani Committee. Advocate Dhami said that in the same way, the picture of Baba Chanda Singh Kattu Wala, who contributed significantly to the propagation of Sikhism, has also been approved to be installed in the Central Sikh Museum.
He also informed that the Shiromani Committee will also promote an effective movement for environmental protection.
He said that heritage forests have already been established in one acre area of Gurdwara Sahibs and taking it further, now full trees will be planted in every educational institution and Gurdwara Sahibs. Along with this, booklets will be prepared and distributed in lakhs to spread awareness for the purity of soil, air and water.

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