Hardliner Sikh taken into preventive custody

 A hardliner Sikh who had been sitting on an indefinite fast here for the past nearly 40 days demanding release of 82 prisoners, including some terrorists lodged in various jails of Punjab, was taken into preventive custody by police on Thursday.

PTI| Last Updated: Feb 26, 2015, 21:13 PM IST

Ludhiana: A hardliner Sikh who had been sitting on an indefinite fast here for the past nearly 40 days demanding release of 82 prisoners, including some terrorists lodged in various jails of Punjab, was taken into preventive custody by police on Thursday.

"Surat Singh Khalsa (70) was taken into preventive custody," Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, Mukhwinder Singh said, adding that while his son Ravinder Singh who arrived here from Chicago, America was rounded up for questioning.

Earlier in Chandigarh, DGP S S Saini had told reporters that a lot of "disinformation and wrong information" were being circulated with regard to release of some prisoners being sought by various people from the jails of the state.

Replying to questions, the DGP had said that Surat Singh's health condition was not very good.

The DGP had said that these 25 undertrials in the "circulated list of 82" include Harminder Singh alias Mintoo, Khalistan Liberation Force chief, Jagtar Singh Tara (KTF chief), Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi and Ramandeep Singh alias Goldy who were recently nabbed from Thailand and Malaysia.

The list also includes Rattandeep Singh (BTKF chief) who was recently arrested from Uttar Pradesh, he said.

"It is not possible to consider any demand for release of such elements," DGP Saini had said.