AMRITSAR, Punjab, India: The Indian government must negotiate with freedom fighters waging a separatist campaign if it hopes to end the killings in Punjab, a top Sikh leader said. Chief Priest Jasbir Singh Rode said he could serve as an intermediary if certain conditions were met and said the government had to establish its credibility with the Sikhs. The Governor of Punjab rule out imposition of emergency rule for the time being. “I can safely tell you there was no talk even of any emergency”, Siddhartha Shankar Ray told a news conference here following a flurry of meetings with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and other senior officials.

Article extracted from this publication >> April 8, 1988