Lok Sabha MP and Shiromani Akali Dal-Amritsar (SAD-Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann has advised fugitive pro-Khalistan leader Amrit pal Singh to flee to Pakistan. In a recent statement Mann said that Amrit pal Singh should not surrender, he should cross the river Ravi and flee to Pakistan. Mann is known for his disputed statements and the statement has raised political heat in the state.
Lok Sabha MP from Sangrur and Shiromani Akali Dal-Amritsar (SAD-Amritsar) chief Mann added,” We went to Pakistan in 1984 too, haven’t we?”. In an interview to a media institution Mann disclosed the matter. He added it is not necessary for Amrit pal to go to Nepal. He should flee to neighboring country (Pakistan).
Simranjit’s statement came as Intel inputs say Amrit pal could surrender before Baisakhi eve at the Akal Takht at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Takht Damdama Sahib in Bathinda or Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib in Rupnagar district.
On asking whether Amrit pal was right in fleeing to Pakistan, Mann said there is a threat to his life. If the government is committing atrocities then it is justified according to Sikh history.
Singh’s remarks referred to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots when anti-Sikh riots erupted. The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered Operation Blue Star to eliminate Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his Khalistan allies. Later on Indian Army entered into the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Subsequently, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. Largescale massive anti-Sikh riots took place after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.