Fight over Sikh man’s turban

News Desk: The Bharatiya Janata Party of West Bengal took a dig at the Mamata government and its police on a Sikh man’s turban pulling in the ‘Nabanno Chalo’ agitation. A video clip was shown where a policeman was dragging a Sikh man towards the van and his turban fell down from his head in the process. The Sikh man was a former Indian army and a resident of Bhatinda named Balwinder Singh. He currently works as a private security officer under a BJP leader.

BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted “Security personnel Balwinder Singh was beaten by the West Bengal Police on the road and insulted his turban; he is a capable soldier! He has also done several military courses! The humiliation of such brave people is sad in Mamata Raj. Such policemen should be punished!”

BJP national secretary Arvind Menon tweeted “By pulling the turban of Sardar Balwinder Singh Ji, Bengal Police has insulted all the Sikhs of the country, today it seems that Mughal rule has been established again in Bengal. Was there no respect for the religious sentiments of anyone except a particular community in Bengal?”

Mayor Firhad Hakim termed these allegations baseless. He said “We are not like BJP, we respect all religions, caste, creed”

The West Bengal Police took to Twitter and attached a video and a photo with it to reveal the real incident. They tweeted “The concerned person was carrying firearms in yesterday’s protest. The Pagri had fallen off automatically in the scuffle that ensued,without any attempt to do so by our officer (visible in the video attached). It is never our intention to hurt the sentiments of any community”

They also added “West Bengal Police respects all religions. The officer specifically asked him to put his Pagri back before the arrest. The attached photo has been clicked right before he was escorted to the Police Station. We remain committed to our duty to uphold law and order in the state”