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CHANDIGARH: Sikh activist Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa on Friday ended his 44-day fast undertaken to secure the release of six Sikh political detainees in various jails in the country after the parole of Shamsher Singh and Lakhwinder Singh from Burail Jail.
Before this, Lal Singh was released from Nabha Jail on December 20 and Gurmeet Singh got a 28-day parole from Burail Jail on Wednesday.
Only two persons remain in jails – Gurdip Singh in Gubarga Jail in Karnataka and Wariyam Singh in Pilibhit Jail in Uttar Pradesh. They are also likely to be released soon as the Punjab government has taken up the matter with the respective state governments.
Khalsa, who had announced on Wednesday to end his fast after the release on parole of the Beant Singh assassination case convict Gurmeet Singh, changed his mind after reaching Amritsar on Thursday, saying that he won’t eat anything till all six prisoners are released.
But with the release on parole of Gurmeet Singh’s two fellow detainees – Shamsher Singh and Lakhwinder Singh- from Burail jail, Khalsa decided to end his fast, as now only two Sikhs remain in jails outside Punjab.
However, Khalsa ended his fast only after an assurance by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh who met him at a closed-door meeting.
Khalsa is said to have lost about 15 kg of weight during his fast launched on Nov 14.