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Chandigarh: S.G.P.C. President S. Gurcharan Singh Tohra has reportedly initiated moves to bring about divisions in the ranks of the All India Sikh Students Federation. He is resorting to the policy of “divide and rule” to weaken the powerful Federation. He is trying to create a parallel organization by propping up Mr. Harvinder Singh Khalsa, who was recently expelled from the Federation for six years. Full cooperation is being extended to Harvinder Singh by the S.G.P.C. and the Barnala government. Harvinder Singh is openly supporting RajivLongowal accord and has also assured support to Barnala government. Mr. Tohra is also believed to have visited Jodhpur jail with the same intention but he failed to enlist the support of Sikh youths lodged in that jail as he could not satisfactorily answer some of the relevant questions asked by them. He had to return disappointed. Sources close to Sardar Tohra disclosed that he failed to win over even a single youth there. Despite relentless efforts Harvinder Singh Khalsa has also not succeeded in persuading any District level President to side with him.

The acting President of All India Sikh Students Federation, S. Harinder Singh Kahlon, has condemned Tohra’s efforts to create disunity in the Federation. He has also criticized Punjab government’s policy of arresting workers of the Federation. He announced that workers of the Federation will assemble in large numbers on 31st October, 1985 on the occasion of Bhog ceremony in memory of S. Beant Singh. He also warned that if government failed to release the youth expeditiously the Federation will be forced to resort to some direct action.

Article extracted from this publication >>  October 25, 1985