Sunday, 18 March 2012

Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib meet with Bhai Balwant Singh's Family (18 March 2012)

Daduwal hands over Rajoana's will to Akal Takht Jathedar

Radical Sikh leader Baljit Singh Daduwal handed over the will of convicted Babbar Khalsa militant Balwant Singh Rajoana to Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh at the Golden Temple complex here on Sunday. In the signed will, Rajoana has pledged his body to the Akal Takht. Rajoana has
been sentenced to death in the Beant Singh assassination case and, as per the directions of the court, he is to be hanged on March 31. The will makes no mention of clemency.

Kamaldeep Kaur, sister of the militant who carried the organ donation request letter, was also present in the meeting with the jathedar, along with her brother Kulwant Singh, followers of Daduwal and residents of Rajoana village.

Daduwal reached the Golden Temple in a procession, which commenced from Rajoana, the native village of the convicted militant. Those who took part in the procession shouted provocative and anti-national slogans outside the shrine. But once inside, they refrained from sloganeering but displayed banners carrying Rajoana’s pictures.

The jathedar met Daduwal, Kamaldeep Kaur and a couple of others in his office and assured them of all support. He recalled the “sacrifice” made by Rajoana and said that the Sikh community was proud of him.
In the request letter, Rajoana has pledged his eyes to Bhai Lakhwinder Singh, a ‘hazoori ragi’ at Harmandar Sahib. In case for certain medical reasons Bhai Lakhwinder Singh cannot benefit from it, the eyes will be donated to any other needy person as per the directions of the Akal Takht.

“The Akal Takht can take a decision on the remaining organs of my body,” the will in Punjabi stated.
Later, talking to the media, Giani Gurbachan Singh said that Sikhs the world over were proud of the “sacrifice” made by Rajoana. He however made no mention of the assassination of former chief minister Beant Singh.

“Rajoana has done ‘mahaan sewa’ (great service) for the ‘quam’ (community). The entire community is proud of him,” the jathedar said, while pointing out that the militant had not once appealed for clemency.
Referring to the request of Rajoana, the jathedar announced that he would be meeting him in Patiala jail on Monday. He also made a reference to the Sikhs who have been behind bars since the days of militancy and alleged that justice was being denied to them.

The Sikh clergy will meet on March 20 to discuss the death sentence awarded to Rajoana as, according to the jathedar, the “entire ‘quam’ was pained by this decision”.