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Former cop begins hunger strike outside Sidhu's residence in Amritsar

August 14, 2011 - Amritsar

Former head constable Jaswant Singh Azad sat on a hunger strike outside the residence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Navjot Singh Sidhu here on Sunday against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's act of paying homage to Jagjit Singh Chauhan, a self-styled president of Khalistan.

Azad said that the act of paying homage to a militant leader like Chauhan was an insult to the victims of the insurgency in Punjab during the 1970s and the early 1980s.

"I fought against the Khalistan movement, of which Jagjit Singh Chauhan declared himself president. He funded militancy in Punjab. The State Chief, Parkash Singh Badal, offered him homage when he died in 2007, giving him the status of a patriot, when actually Chauhan was responsible for the deaths of many people," said Azad, who had resigned from the police in 2007 in protest.

He also accused the Punjab Government of pressing false charges against him after he resigned in 2007.

The BJP is coalition partner to the Akali Dal, the ruling party in Punjab.

The Khalistan movement reached its zenith in the 1970s and 1980s, when it became a militant secessionist struggle aimed at creating a Sikh state called Khalistan.


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