Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 4
The United Akal Dal (UAD) today organised ‘Chetawani’ march after performing ‘ardas’ at Akal Takht here today. UAD convener Bhai Mohkam Singh said the successive Union Governments had been giving Punjab a step-motherly treatment for the past 35 years since the initiation of Dharam Yudh Morcha.
The protesters submitted a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister and Chief Minister demanding implementation of the 1973 Anandpur Sahib Resolution.
Showing solidarity with Surat Singh Khalsa, a civil rights activist who has been on a hunger strike since January 2015, they said the Sikh political prisoners, who have been languishing in jails even after completion of their prison term, must be released.
Citing series of sacrilege instances and killing of a youth in Babehal during their peaceful protest, they demanded action against police officials who had opened the fire. “Punjab wants justice as per the Riparian principle on the issue of sharing of water of rivers with Haryana,” they said.
“We will be holding protests in a peaceful and civilised manner. A one-day dharna will be held in Kotkapura on August 14. After that, we will hold Ardas Divas at SYL Canal and will not refrain from staging dharna outside the Parliament as we have a little hope from the Congress-led state government which is also acting in an identical manner as Akalis did. Till date, Punjab is fighting to get Chandigarh as its capital. We also want Punjabi speaking areas be merged with Punjab,” said Bhai Mohkam Singh.
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