July 16, 2016: Balbir Singh, who as ardasia (one who conducts prayers in a gurdwara) denied ‘siropa’ to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at the Golden Temple last month, was picked him up from house on Friday. Police said it was “by mistake” and dropped him back.
In the morning, police took him to the B Division police station. The ardasia confirms it, while the top brass of the city police denies it.
“Police barged in around 6am when I was doing prayer. They said the station house officer (SHO) had called me. But after 20 minutes at the police station, the SHO came over to say sorry and told his team to drop me home,” he said.
“He said they had picked me up by mistake,” said Balbir Singh. “The cops gave me respect and said nothing wrong. They have neither come to place before and nor called me ever. It is just because of the government that they must have thought that I was going to the July 17 protest (of the hardliners) at Bargari (Faridkot). If I go there, it’ll be for Guru Granth Sahib. I am a sewadar and my work is to do sewa (volunteer service). I have nothing to do with any political party. If I feel it’s right to go, I will,” he said.
Police also picked up a few other supporters of the march that Sarbat Khalsa jathedars are going to lead. Mohkam Singh of the United Akali Dal and hardliner Baldev Singh Wadala are among them.