Sikh activist Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa who was demanding the release of Sikh prisoners jailed across India died. He started a campaign asking for the release of Sikh political prisoners who have already completed the minimum mandatory terms of their sentences. According to the reports by the police, he jumped off the water tank in his village Thaska Ali in Kurukshetra. The incident happened around 1 PM on Tuesday. He climbed the top of water tank after his family bestowed him a 'Siropa' (an orange cloth offered by the Gurudwaras). [caption id="attachment_32208" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa with his family before he took his own life (Pic Source: The Tribune)[/caption]
“He (Khalsa) jumped off the village water tank and was declared dead at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash government hospital here. In the preliminary investigation, it was found that he was demanding the release of some people”HT quoted the Kurukshetra Supritendant of Police Abhishek Garg Police also reported that after climbing the top he shouted slogans and then took his own life. A case has been registered under section 174 of the CrPC (The Code of Criminal Procedure) by the Police. Khalsa's body will be handed over to the family after the autopsy. [caption id="attachment_32209" align="aligncenter" width="478"] Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa during one of his Hunger Strikes[/caption] He went on several hunger strikes in the past seeking the release of the prisoners. In November 2013 he went on a 44-day hunger strike after that, in 2014 he again started another Hunger Strike which lasted 64 days. From November 14th to January 15th.