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CHANDIGARH: Sikh activist Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who had on Thursday announced that he will end his 41-day fast undertaken to secure the release of six Sikh political detainees in various jails in the country, changed his mind on Friday after reaching the Golden Temple.
On reaching the holiest Sikh shrine, Khalsa said he won’t end his fast all the six Sikh detainees are freed.
Two of the six have already been released. They are Lal Singh who was released from Nabha Jail on December 20 and Gurmeet Singh who got a 28-day parole from Burail Jail on Thursday.
The parole applications of two other detainees – Shamsher Singh and Lakhwinder Singh – in Burail Jail are also being processed and they may released this week.
And the remaining two – Gurdip Singh in Gubarga Jail in Karnataka and Wariyam Singh in Pilibhit Jail in Uttar Pradesh – are also likely to be released soon as the Punjab government have taken up the matter with the respective state governments.
But Khalsa, who had started the fast on Nov 14 at Gurdwara Amb Sahib at Mohali, said at the Golden Temple on Friday that he won’t end his fast till all the six are freed.
He said he had come only to join in the Akhand Path started there for the detainees.
Earlier, Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh and Keshgarh Sahib Jathedar Mal Singh, who met Khalsa for three hours at the fast venue on Wednesday, had succeeded in persuading him to end the fast as his demands have largely been met.