DW BUREAU / chandigarh
Punjab Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Sunday expressed hope that the issues on which Panthic organisations are staging a sit-in at Bargari would be amicably resolved soon. He stated this after a formal meeting with representatives of the Panthic or Sikh organisations at Bargari on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
The interaction took place in a very cordial atmosphere with both the sides reposing mutual trust, the Rural Development and Panchayats Minister said in a statement here.
Both the sides have come close to a solution following detailed discussions on almost all the issues paving the way for final resolution, he said. Bajwa said he would submit the detailed report to the chief minister who would take the final call. Besides the discussions with the seven-member panel set up by the Panthic organisations, he also had one-on-one talks with Jathedar Dhian Singh Mand.
He said all those involved in dialogue favoured early solution. These Panthic or Sikh organisations have been staging a dharna at Bargari for the last 38 days on issues, including release of the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report.
The commission had been constituted to investigate cases of sacrilege in the state, punishment to those guilty of sacrilege, registration of case against policemen who allegedly resorted to firing on protesters at Behbal Kalan in 2015 and release of Sikh political prisoners who have completed their sentence and transfer of others jailed in other states to Punjab.
Those who represented the Panthic organisations in the talks included Bhai Gurdip Singh of the United Akali Dal, Bhai Jaskaran Singh of the SAD (Mann), Jathedar Amrik Singh Ajnala, Jathedar Baljit Singh Daduwal, Jasbir Singh Khadoor Sahib, Baba Buta Singh Ranshinh and Baba Surinder Singh Subhanewale.