H S Bawa
Jalandhar, March 22-
A day before a meeting of panthic groups called by Akal Takht on the issue of execution of his death warrants, Balwant Singh Rajoana has asked Akal Takht not to commit a historical blunder by issuing a ‘Adesh’ or ‘Hukamnama’ directing him to go for an appeal in his case to delay his hanging scheduled for 31st of March.
‘If such a directive is issued the Sikhs world over will have to hang their heads in shame’, he has said.
The Akal Takht directive was seen as the only solution to make the delay in hanging legally possible and it was in the air that after a meeting with panthic groups the Akal Takht may decide as above and issue a directive to Rajoana to go in for an appeal.
It is pertinent to mention here that Jathedars of five Takhts in a meeting three days back had deliberated on the issue of Bhai Rajoana and then decided to seek opinion of different Sikh Groups so that a final decision could be taken in this regard. As such a meeting was called by the Jathedar of Akal Takht at Teja Singh Samundri Hall on 23rd of March.
As, ‘Yes Punjab’, was exploring this question as to what could be the reaction of Rajoana in case of such a directive, it has emerged that Akal Takht has sought the opinion of the family about issuing an ‘Adedsh’.
Kamaldeep Kaur, sister of Bhai Rajoana, when asked about Bhai Rajoana’s view about Akal Takht issuing a directive, told ‘Yes Punjab’ that in fact Jathedar of Akal Takht Singh Sahib Giani Gubachan Singh had today called her to know what will the response of the family if Akal Takht (five Singh Sahibans of all the five Takhts) issued a directive to Rajoana to go in for an appeal.
‘Since it is not the family, which can take a decision, I had to ask Bhai Rajoana about it, which I did when I went to meet him at Patiala Central Jail today’, said Kamaldeep.
She then narrated a ‘Sandesh’ purportedly given by Rajoana in response to the proposal of Akal Takht Jathedar. In his reply Rajoana has reiterated that he is committed and dedicated to Akal Takht but has requested the Jathedar of Akal Takht not to commit a historical bluder of directing him to bow before the rulers who had attacked Sri Darbar Sahib and killed thousands of innocent Sikhs and before the Indian judicial system which has turned a blind eye towards the killers of innocent Sikhs.