Amritsar — The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) considered the arrest of seven Sikhs for alleged “‘extremist” activities on Monday from Amritsar as a “completely fabricated story. ”A press release issued by the SGPC headquarters here commenting on the arrests said that, in fact, these persons were arrested by the police from their houses and false cases were later registered against them, showing them as arrested while they were walking along the railway line near Bhandhan bridge. ”The SGPC press release added that Kartar Singh Majitha, father of one of the arrested Sikh youth, namely, Santokh Singh told SGPC office here that his son has been arrested from house on June 13 and was kept at Chhabal police station till June 17. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Sham Singh president municipal committee, Mr. Majitha and Lambardar Jagir Singh were present. The police also searched his residence in their presence, from where nothing had been recovered. The SGPC press note further said that this Santokh Singh is an employee of the SGPC against whose arrest the SGPC headquarters has sent telegrams to the Punjab Governor, Mr. Arjun Singh, Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar. The SGPC press release demanded judicial probe into the alleged fabricated case and punishment to the guilty police officials connected with the arrests.

Article extracted from this publication >>  July 5, 1985