Pakistan’s first Sikh police officer forcibly evicted, turban removed (Video)

Written by July 11, 2018 10:50

New Delhi: Pakistan’s first Sikh traffic police officer Gulaab Singh Shaheen and his family were reportedly kicked out of their home in Dera Chahal village on the outskirts of Lahore on Tuesday by a team comprising the police and officials of the Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board (PETPB).

Gulaab Singh’s home, standing on land owned by Gurdwara Bebe Nanki Janam Asthaan where 400-500 Sikh families reside, was “forcibly taken over”. “Pulled by my hair, I was dragged out in front of my wife Paramjit Kaur and three sons,” he said.

Gulab Singh said that his turban was forcefully removed and that his faith was disrespected, reported news agency ANI.

“My turban was forced open and hair was untied,” Singh said.

“My faith was disrespected, If they wanted me to evict the house then they could have simply sent me a notice,” he added.

Reports suggest that Gulab Singh was evicted by Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). He filed a case against Syed Asif Akhtar Hashmi, the then chairman of ETPB, in the year 2011 for illegally selling Gurudwara property.

In February 2018, the Supreme Court of Pakistan held Hashmi, responsible for illegal selling of Sikh gurudwaras in the country.

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