The household of Balwinder Singh — the Sikh man who was arrested for carrying arms and whose turban fell off throughout a march organised by Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) on October 8 — will stage a sit-in demonstration in entrance of the state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ on Saturday demanding his launch.
“I had asked for an appointment with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but we have not got any response. I would like to request her to release my husband Balwinder Singh. I and my son Harshveer Singh came here with a lot of hope. If he is not released, then we will sit in a ‘dharna’ outside her office at 11 am tomorrow,” Balwinder Singh’s spouse Karamjit Kaur mentioned. Karamjit additionally met Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhawan on Wednesday and sought his intervention.
Sikh neighborhood in Kolkata got here out in help of Balwinder and staged a silent demonstration at Sant Kutiya Gurudwara, Bhawanipur, in protest in opposition to the incident. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa criticised the incident and challenged the costs made by the West Bengal police in opposition to the accused.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh too condemned the incident.
According to police, Balwinder Singh is the bodyguard of state BJP chief Priyanshu Pandey and is reportedly identified to Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh. Both Balwinder and Priyanshu Pandey have been arrested for additional investigation
Balwinder Singh, initially from Bhatinda, was noticed with a gun in his hand at Howrah Maidan when BJP supporters have been attempting to break the police cordon and proceed in the direction of Nabanna. He is a resident of Bhatpara space in North 24-Parganas.
Police mentioned that the license of the pistol recovered was issued in 2009 by the district Justice of the Peace of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. However, Singh’s licence allow is restricted to Rajouri and was unlawful to use in Bengal.
Amid the outrage, the state dwelling division issued an announcement, which mentioned, “Our Sikh brothers and sisters stay right here in West Bengal in excellent peace and concord, in happiness and tranquillity, with respect from all of us for his or her religion and practices. A latest incident when one remoted particular person bought caught with. One illegally carried firearm throughout agitation was not authorised and it’s now being twisted out of context, being distorted, and being given communal colours in fractious and partisan curiosity.”
The statement further read that “a political occasion is giving communal color to the topic in slender partisan curiosity in a way that Bengal doesn’t imagine in.” It said that policing was done as per law, but the highest “respect for the Sikh panth and methods from GOWB is affirmed.”