Pakistan’s first Sikh police officer Gulab Singh has alleged mistreatment saying he was forcibly evicted from his house in Lahore’s Dera Chahal.
Local police officials forcefully removed his hair and untied his hair, Singh said alleging that the treatment meted out to the Sikh community in Pakistan is deplorable.
“This is how Sikhs are treated in Pakistan. I am being targeted. I was dragged out of my own house, my turban was pulled off,” Singh was quoted as saying by the media. In an interview with news agency ANI, Singh said the government was trying to evict the Sikh community from the country.
“Since 1947, my family has been staying in Pakistan. Even after the riots, we did not leave Pakistan. Now, we are being forced to leave. My house is sealed with all belongings including my slippers inside. Even this ‘patka’ on my head is an old rag which I just wrapped. I was harassed, beaten and my faith was disrespected.”
Singh was reportedly forced out of his house by officials of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), the parent body of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC), following a property dispute. Singh claimed that this was because he had revealed the wrongdoings of the PSGPC president Tara Singh.
In a video message posted on social media, Singh said he was being targeted by Tara Singh.
“They thrashed me, pulled me by my hair and even tossed my turban. If they wanted me to vacate the house, they could have simply sent me a notice,” Singh had said.
“I am being treated the way goons are treated. And what they (Tara Singh) have done is to please a few people,” Singh added.