Jalandhar, May 9 (YP Bureau)
Most of the SGPC members of Jalandhar failed to keep their promise of bringing adequate numbers of Sikhs for a protest against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a case related to November 1984 anti-Sikh massacre.
The saving grace was the gathering managed by local unit of Shiromani Akali Dal which had called the protest. Some local leaders also preferred to remain away from the protest due to the reasons known to them. Women also took part in the protest.
It is pertinent to mention here that the SGPC members, in a meeting at the residence of Senior SAD leader Kuldip Singh Wadala, had promised to bring in 100 to 150 people for the demonstration.
However three of the SGPC members failed to show even their own faces during the protest. These included Baldev Singh Kalyan, Shingara Singh Lohian and Bibi Gurmeet Kaur Bhatnura.(...contd.)
Other SGPC members who attended the protest did not keep their promise of bringing 100-150 persons with them.
Protestors came out wearing black gowns and carrying placards against the injustice meted out to Sikh community.
Led by Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh, Senior Akali leader Kuldeep Singh Wadala, Distt. SAD president Gurcharan Singh Channi who is also a member of the PAC and Chairman of District Planning Committee and SGPC member Kulwant Singh Mannan, protestors started their peaceful procession from Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Model Town and went to Gurdwara Guru Nanak Mission.
Several Sikh organisations supporting the cause also joined the procession on SAD's call. Effigies of Sajjan Kumar and UPA government were burnt and protesters raised slogans against them.
Interestingly, BJP stayed away from the protest demanding justice for Sikhs and action against Sajjan Kumar and other Congressmen.
Those present included SGPC member Ranjit Singh Kahlon, SGPC member Davinder Kaur Kalra, Charanjit Singh Lalli, Paramjit Singh Raipur, Rajinder Singh Nagra, Gurdip Singh Nagar, Senior Deputy Mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia, Kuldip Singh Oberoi, Manjit Singh Titu, Deputy Mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberoi, Prof. Gurnam Singh, Prof. Manjit Singh, Jasbir Singh Dakoha, Avtar Singh Goldy, Parminder Kaur Pannu, Balbir Singh Bittu, Subhash Sondhi and others.