AMRITSAR, Punjab, India: The Punjab Sikh Lawyers Council General Assembly had its three hour long deliberations in Amritsar district court, it adopted. Its constitution and unanimously adopted five resolutions. Mr. B.S. Gill, General Secretary of the Council released the resolutions to newsmen after the conclusion of the meeting. The General Assembly of the PSLC called upon the Sikh leaders once again to address themselves to the goals of the Sikh Panth, namely doing everything to protect the existing rights and to endeavor to achieve full autonomy with right of self-determination. The resolution added, in the opinion of the Assembly, any effort made at the Ministry making after the fiasco of RajivLongowal accord is bound to fail because the choices before the Sikhs are limited either to became the running dogs of Rajiv government and in that process lose their identity or to fight against the evil and defeat it before it became a curse for the entire Sikh nation. The PSLC meeting supported the minorities in other states struggling for the rights in India against the present fascists, monopolists, and state police. The resolution appealed to the Sikhs living outside of Punjab to identify themselves with the struggle of the Sikhs where ever they live. It appealed to the Sikhs living abroad to concentrate on the promotion of human rights of the Sikhs and other oppressed nations in India.

The meeting of the PSLC viewed with deep concern the wide spread corruption in the administration of SGPC, resulting in the destruction of the aims and objects of the foremost Sikh Institution. The meeting called upon all the Sikhs to protest against the manner in which the S.G.P.C. funds are being misused to promote certain leaders who are hand in hand with the oppressors of the Sikhs. It also called upon S.G.P.C. and other Sikh organizations and individuals to render full account of funds and money received by them from Sikhs for the purpose of giving help to Sikh victims of the repression.

The meeting of the PSLC in another resolution says it registered it dismay at the frequent police entry into the Darbar Sahib Complex and other Gurdwaras, However, PSLC welcomes as positive development, the growing isolation of the Rajiv Gandhi government on the Punjab issue, None of the national regional parties or the national opposition parties have responded to the Centre’s move for a meeting on Punjab. It is evident that these parties are growing conscious of Rajiv Gandhi’s bankrupt Punjab policy. In the meantime, the Council gave a call for February 18th to protest against the high handedness of the police and to bring to the notice of the authorities concerned the grave implications of the abduction and disappearance of Inderbir Singh, a patient admitted to the Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital by a police party led by Gurdev Singh, police station Sadar, Amritsar.

The meeting was presided over by nine member presidium including Gurcharan Singh Sandhu, Gurcharan Singh Grewal, Chairman Bar Council, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Gurdeep Singh Ludhiana, Sahib Singh Bhattia, Jullundur and Raj Dev Singh Barnala.

Article extracted from this publication >> February 19, 1988