statesman news service
Chandigarh, 7 August
Terming the removal of turbans in the name of security check at international airports as "a direct assault on the Sikh Identity", Punjab Chief Minister
Parkash Singh Badal today said the Union government must mount pressure on governments of foreign countries to stop the practice.
At Gidderbaha in Sri Muktsar Sahib, Mr Badal said this while reacting to the incident in which Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (SGMC) president Manjit Singh G K was asked to remove his turban during frisking at an international airport in Rome.
The Punjab Chief Minister said in order to check the practice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its embassies in various countries must convey to the respective national governments that they must accord due respect to the turban by desisting from such practices.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal today wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to voice his disapproval in this regard.
He said the way Sikhs are treated at airports across the world was intolerable.
The Shiromani AKali Dal president also pointed to an earlier incident in which Mr Ravijodh Singh Dhupia, a commander of Jet Airways, was forced to remove his turban at Milan Airport.