Arrested Sikh man Balwinder Singh’s spouse Karamjit Kaur and son Harshveer Singh will stage a sit-in demonstration on Saturday outside Nabanna, the secretariat constructing of the West Bengal authorities, to search his launch. Singh was arrested for carrying a pistol on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) agitation in Howrah on October 8.
The incident made headlines as Singh’s turban fell off when he was jostling with the police. While movies of the incident went viral, the state police accused him of carrying a firearm, the licence for which they claimed, was not legitimate in West Bengal.
The Howrah district police stated on Thursday evening that Singh’s licence was legitimate solely in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, the place it was issued.
“As per the national database of arms licences, ministry of home affairs, govt. of India; the arms licence of Sh Balwindar Singh is valid only in Rajouri distt of J&K. He was arrested for being part of an unlawful assembly with a weapon.
Please do not get carried away by fabricated social media posts. A thorough investigation is going on to unearth the truth,” tweeted the Howrah district police.
“I want to meet chief minister Mamata Banerjee. I have appealed several times but there has been no response. My son and I will start a dharna outside her office at 11 am on Saturday. I appeal to all Sikh Sangats (associations or groups) to stand by their sister. I want to see my husband released,” Kaur stated in Punjabi in a video message on Thursday night.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh has stated that Singh works for a personal safety company and he was deployed to present safety to one of many BJP’s youth wing leaders. “Even my security personnel carried guns on that day,” Ghosh, who’s a Lok Sabha member from Midnapore, stated on Wednesday.
On Thursday, members of Kolkata’s Sikh neighborhood staged a silent demonstration at Sant Kutiya Gurudwara, Bhawanipur, demanding justice for Balwinder Singh. They put up posters with Singh’s picture. “Police defiled Balwinder Singh’s turban and dragged him by his hair. This kind of behaviour is entirely unacceptable with an ex-army man who was just doing his duty,” the neighborhood members stated in an announcement. They additionally wrote a letter to the chief minister.
Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh are amongst some distinguished members of the Sikh neighborhood who’ve condemned the alleged incident of defiling.
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa, who’s a Shiromani Akali Dal chief, has challenged the allegation that the arms licence isn’t legitimate in West Bengal. “We will file a petition at the Calcutta high court on Friday. I am getting calls from newspapers and radio stations the Sikh community runs in several countries, including Canada,” stated Sirsa.
After the incident, the West Bengal Police stated Singh’s turban was not pulled off deliberately.
“The concerned person was carrying firearms in yesterday’s protest. The Pagri had fallen off automatically in the scuffle that ensued, without any attempt to do so by our officer (visible in the video attached). It is never our intention to hurt the sentiments of any community,” The West Bengal Police tweeted round 10 pm final Friday, attaching a video of the incident.
“West Bengal Police respects all religions. The officer specifically asked him to put his Pagri back before the arrest. The attached photo has been clicked right before he was escorted to the Police station. We remain committed to our duty to uphold law and order in the state,” stated a second tweet.
Balwinder Singh’s spouse and son met governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on the Raj Bhawan on Wednesday and sought his assist. Dhankhar later stated in a tweet that Singh is a sufferer of human rights violation.