Kolkata: The family members of Balwinder Singh who was arrested for carrying arms and whose turban fell off during BJP’S ‘Nabanna Chalo’ march will stage a sit-in demonstration in front of the state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ on Saturday (October 17) demanding his release.

Balwinder Singh’s wife Karamjit Kaur and son Harshveer Singh will protest in front of the State Secretariat.

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Karamjit Kaur said, “I had asked for an appointment with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but we have not got any response. I would like to request her to release my husband Balwinder Singh. I and my son Harshveer Singh came here with a lot of hope. If he is not released, then we will sit in a ‘dharna’ outside her office at 11 am tomorrow (October 17).”

Sikh community in Kolkata came out in support of Balwinder and staged a silent demonstration at Sant Kutiya Gurudwara, Bhawanipur, in protest against the incident. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa criticised the incident and challenged the charges made by the West Bengal police against the accused.

Balwinder Singh, originally from Bhatinda, was spotted with a gun in his hand at Howrah Maidan when BJP supporters were trying to break the police cordon and proceed towards Nabanna. He is a resident of Bhatpara area in North 24-Parganas.

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Police said that the license of the pistol recovered was issued in 2009 by the district magistrate of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. However, Singh's licence permit is limited to Rajouri and was illegal to use in Bengal.

Balwinder Singh’s wife and son met governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at the Raj Bhawan on Wednesday (October 14) and sought his help. 
Dhankhar later said in a tweet that Singh is a victim of human rights violation.