PUNJAB: The one hundred and ninety-two day long sit-in protest by Sikh leaders at the Dana Mandi in Bargari, district Faridkot was concluded by Jathedar Dhian Singh Mand today following the gathering of thousands of protestors, Sikh community leaders, organisations and prominent political figures at the protest site.

The Bagari Insaaf Morcha commenced on 1 June 2018 to press for the arrest of those responsible for the sacriilege of Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji at village Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari, punishment to the Punjab Police officers responsible for killing of Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh and Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh during protests at Behbal Kalan on 14 October, 2015, and transfer/release of Sikh political prisoners languishing in jails across India.

Punjab Cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa along with various Punjab MLAs and party workers reached at the protest site in Bargari on Sunday. The protesters sought reassurances from the Punjab Cabinet ministers, following which the decision to conclude the protest was announced.

Jathedar Dhian Singh Mand announced steps to progress the struggle into the next phase would be annouced in coming days. The annoucement comes amongst news that the Punjab goverment has considered the cases of eighteen Sikh political prisoners including the release of Bhai Dilbagh Singh Bagha who has been confined in Maximum Security jail Nabha for the past twenty-three years.

The release of Sikh political prisoners who have completed the minimum mandatory terms of their sentences has been a longstanding demand of the global Sikh community has resulted in high profile struggles including those intitiated by Bhai Gurbaksh Singh and Bapu Surat Singh.

 

The arrest of Beadbi culprits and subsequent developments have been welcolmed by Sikhs across the world with cautious optimism with the hope that reassurances and annoucements by politicians are followed with actions and deeds.