File picture of Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.
Dhankhar, who had been at odds with the Mamata Banerjee-led dispensation since assuming cost within the state, instructed the delegation he was “deeply hurt” by the episode.
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- Last Updated: October 11, 2020, 8:25 PM IST
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West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday stated the current incident involving a Sikh man, whose turban was allegedly pulled by the police, was a matter of “disgrace” and guaranteed members of the group that essential motion would be taken on this regard. Dhankhar, who had been at odds with the Mamata Banerjee-led dispensation since assuming cost within the state, instructed the delegation he was “deeply hurt” by the episode.
“Delegation led by president Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee @mssirsa Manindar Singh Sirsa submitted a representation regarding disgracing @MamataOfficial a Sikhs Dastar (headgear) that is grave insult to entire SikhCommunity and demanded justice for Balwinder Singh (sic),” the governor stated on Twitter. He additionally connected a hyperlink to a video of the delegation’s go to to Raj Bhavan through the day.
Sirsa, in his letter to Dhankhar, maintained that “excessive use of force by West Bengal police personnel was against the secular nature of the Constitution”. Claiming that it was nothing however a “blatant abuse of police power,” Dhankhar stated, “As Governor I assured the delegation that all steps would be taken for such [email protected]
“In no civilised society such blatant abuse of police energy @WBPolice in disregard of Supreme Court directives within the case of DK Basu can be countenanced or condoned,” he tweeted, citing an apex court order. State education minister and senior TMC leader Partha Chatterjee, however, alleged that Dhankhar was “maligning” the post of governor with his remarks, and shirking responsibilities as the constitutional head of the state.
“The governor and the BJP have entered right into a conspiracy to defame the state, which has at all times been identified for its communal amity. The Sikh group within the state condemns such conspiracy,” he said. The Delhi Gurudwara committee, in its representation on Sunday, urged the governor to take note of the incident and initiate steps for “acceptable penal and division motion towards the police and authorities staff responsible of committing the excesses and outraging non secular sentiments”.
Controversy erupted after visuals of the police beating up a Sikh man during BJP’s protest on Thursday went viral on social media, with a section of Netizens claiming that the police had pulled his turban during the scuffle. The saffron brigade claimed the incident has hurt religious sentiments.
The man, identified as 43-year-old Balwinder Singh, is a resident of Bhatinda in Punjab. The BJP said that he was a former soldier of the Indian Army, and currently employed as a private security officer of a party leader.
The police, however, argued that the person was carrying a firearm and his headgear “had fallen off mechanically within the scuffle”. The state home department, in its tweet, said that the incident was being “twisted out of context by a political celebration to serve its partisan curiosity.
Members of the Sikh group took out a protest within the metropolis on Friday condemning the incident. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had additionally expressed shock over the “humiliating treatment” meted out toa Sikh and urged his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to take strict motion “against the concerned cop for hurting the Sikh religious sentiments”.