Sikh Priest and a Young Boy Arrested from Jammu for Supporting Farmers


Mohinder Singh Khalsa a Sikh priest in Jammu who is a famous kirtaniya was picked up by a team of Delhi police late last night. The series of events leading to his arrest are unconstitutional and has put the family and the small community of Sikhs in J&K in panic mode.

Sikhs in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir are mere 80,000 in number and are very well connected. A small incident in the community sends ripples all across the state. The arrest of Mohinder Singh Khalsa and Mandeep Singh has caused panic and state of discomfort among Sikhs of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mohinder Singh was called to the police station Gandhi Nagar in Jammu. As per his family he was not told the reason and was told that it is a small matter. Mohinder singh has no criminal record and is very respected person. Since he knows most of the local policemen and is often called in to settle the Sikh youth issues, he went to police station. His family got worried when he did not return home. The family called him on his phone which was switched off. Mohinder Singh was handed over to the team of Delhi police sitting in the police station. He was arrested deceptively without following any protocol. His family was not informed. The grief ridden family was told when Delhi police team had left for Delhi taking Mohinder Singh and Mandeep Singh along with them.

The family members protested outside the police station and made calls to Sikh leaders in Delhi. Manjinder Singh Sirsa issued a video statement in the morning that DSGMC will fight the case of Mohinder Singh and Mandeep Singh.

Following the arrest of two, the Sikh community in Jammu protested against the draconian arrests and deceptive policies of police. Large number of young and old protestors gathered on the national highway near Gurdwara Camp Digiana and blocked the national highway for more than two hours. The protesting Sikh community and locals left only after deputy commissioner intervened and assured the community that Mohinder Singh is safe in Delhi.

Mohinder Singh is not the only one to be arrested after 26th Jan. Interestingly none of the held farmers have been convicted and are getting released on bails. This indicates that the purpose of arrests is mere intimidation and fear generation. Meanwhile farmer leaders have been very vocal about the Delhi police policies and have advised farmers and supporters to not go to police stations if called. Gurnam Singh, Rajewal, and even Lakha Sidhana have called for gherao of police personnel if they come to arrest farmers.

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