Malout: Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has gone extra mile in helping out the people in visiting their places of worship across the country, but a group of Sikhs at Malout have been on peaceful dharna for 370 days, demanding nothing but just two-minute long halt of Shri Ganganagar-Naded Sahib Express train at Malout. Since April 13, 2015, Sikhs have been peacefully protesting to press for their demand at Malout railway station. To keep up the momentum, they perform kirtans, recite religious songs, which have drawn not only the attention of those visiting railway station every day, but their dharna has got support from various Sikh bodies and other local organisations as well.
The members of the committee, spearheading the agitation, seems to have got the support of but all and sundry. Sukhdev Singh Gill, one of the members of the committee, was critical of Sher Singh Ghubhaya, MP, saying that senior officials of railways have confirmed that all the arrangements have been done to ensure the train stops for two minutes, but the local MP is allegedly not interested in taking up the matter with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. “We have met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, local MP and several other senior officials of railways, but we have got nothing except assurances so far. A K Puthi, Divisional Manager, Northern Railway, has told us that they are prepared to do the needful in this regard if they get the ministerial nod,” said Gill. Ghubaya, however, while talking to Daily Post on Monday, said: “With our efforts, we have been able to manage the halt of Srai Rohilla train at Malout station. I will meet the Railway Minister soon and I assure you that I will raise the issue of protesting Sikhs in the Parliament as well,” he said. Shri Ganganagar-Naded Sahib train is important for the area not just because of Sikh pilgrims who want to visit Nanded Sahib but also because of the fact that a large number of traders visit Delhi every day.
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