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Court notice to ETPB, cop after forceful eviction of Pakistan's first Sikh police warden

Lahore: A Pakistani court has issued a contempt notice to two Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) members and a Punjab police official for forcibly evicting the country's first Sikh police officer and his family from their home here.

Gulab Singh Shaheen on Wednesday had claimed in a video that he was forcibly evicted from his home in Lahore's Dera Chahal village, along with his wife and children, following a property dispute with the ETPB. Shaheen moved court after the police refused to register a case against two board members and a police inspector.

Representational image.  AFP

Representational image. AFP

He has also filed an application with his department's chief Malik Liaqut seeking his help. Singh said he had been living at his home since 1996. "The ETBP is now justifying its action on the basis that this land is part of the gurudwara's Langar Hall. My grandfather had been living here since 1947 and the board had no right to seal my house despite the case pending in the court of law," Shaheen said, adding that the ETPB took the help of a notorious police official to get the house vacated as it had no order of the court or magistrate in this respect.

Pakistan's only Sikh warden in the Punjab Traffic Police joined the service in 2006. He also alleged that the police also humiliated his father, wife and his three children. "I am hopeful to get justice in the court," he said. Meanwhile, an ETPB spokesperson denied any torture on Shaheen his family members or his forcible eviction.

"The board officials sealed Gulab Singh's residence after issuing at least three notices to him. This place is a Langar Hall of Gurudwara Bebey Nankey and Singh had illegally occupied it. On his failure to comply with the board's notices we have taken action and sealed the place," ETPB spokesperson Amir Hashmi said. He said the Sikh community has welcomed the board's step. "In fact the Sikh community here had filed applications with the board to get the occupied Langar Hall retrieved from the illegal occupants," he said.

Established in 1960, the ETPB is a statutory body of the Pakistan government, which administers evacuee properties and shrines of Hindus and Sikhs attached to religious, charitable or educational trusts, left behind by Hindus and Sikhs who migrated to India after the 1947 partition of India.


Updated Date: Jul 12, 2018 19:07 PM

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