In a shocking case that shows how members of the minority community are persecuted in Pakistan, a Sikh police officer was manhandled and forcibly evicted out of his home here. News agency ANI reported that Gulab Singh, who is Pakistan’s first Sikh police officer, was thrown out of his home along with his family allegedly by officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). Gulab Singh’s house is located in Lahore’s Dera Chahal.
Talking about the incident, Singh said the officials who had come to evict him and his family from the house forced open his turban and unties his hair. “My turban was forced open and hair was untied. This is how Sikhs are treated in Pakistan,” Singh said in a series of videos tweeted by the news agency. In one of the videos that show police officials at Singh’s door trying to evict his family, the Sikh police officer can be heard pleading: “At least give us 10 minutes, we have been staying here since 1947.”
Singh said the officials disrespected his faith with their action. “My faith was disrespected. If they wanted me to evict the house, then they could have simply sent me a notice,” he reasoned. It may be noted that the ETPB is the parent body of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC).
Singh’s videos have gone viral on social media, in which he also alleges that it was at the behest of PSGPC president Tara Singh that he and his family were evicted from their house.
#WATCH: Pakistan’s first Sikh police officer Gulab Singh was forcibly evicted from his house in Lahore's Dera Chahal, says 'my turban was forced open & hair was untied. This is how Sikhs are treated in Pakistan.' pic.twitter.com/dIxqxb8K8M
— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2018
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#WATCH: Pakistan’s first Sikh police officer Gulab Singh was forcibly evicted from his house in Lahore's Dera Chahal. Pleads to the police, 'at least give us 10 minutes we are staying here since 1947. pic.twitter.com/wszl99bNJr
— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2018
“I am being treated the way goons are treated. I have been ousted from my house and they have now locked my house. The concerned officials have done this to please a few people. They have specifically targeted me. You must have noticed that there is no turban on my head. They unravelled my turban and opened my hair,” ANI quoted him as saying.
Singh said Sikhs across the world should take note of the atrocities faced by his family and bring the same to the international community’s notice. “I request you all to share this video and bring this to the notice of the world that how Sikhs in Pakistan are being treated,” he stated.
The report said Singh had accused PSGPC chief Tara Singh and some other ETPB officers of corruption in 2016.