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Ex-IPS Iqbal Singh Lalpura, who probed 1978 Sikh Nirankari conflict, to go National Minorities Commission

The ex-IPS officer joined the BJP in 2012 and was appointed celebration spokesperson from Punjab’s Sikh group in September final yr

The Centre Wednesday appointed retired IPS, Punjab cadre, and nationwide spokesperson of the BJP Iqbal Singh Lalpura because the chairperson, National Commission for Minorities. Credit: Twitter/@ILalpura

Former IPS officer Iqbal Singh Lalpura, who was among the many three-member crew of officers chosen to arrest Sikh separatist chief Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in April 1981, has been appointed because the Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities.

Lalpura was appointed BJP spokesperson final yr

The ex-IPS officer joined the BJP in 2012 and was appointed celebration spokesperson from Punjab’s Sikh group in September final yr.

The appointment of the retired DIG Punjab Police as chairman of the NCM is being seen as BJP-led Central authorities’s effort to woo Sikhs. Lalpura, who belongs to Rupnagar district, had served as SSP of Amritsar Rural, Kapurthala and Tarn Taran districts.

Lalpura investigated the 1978 Sikh Nirankari conflict

At the time, Sikh secessionist chief Bhindranwale had agreed to be arrested however demanded that solely baptised officers will arrest him. So a three-member crew was fashioned comprising Lalpura, cop Jarnail Singh Chahal and SDM BS Bhullar.

Recounting his negotiation with Bhindranwale, Lalpura had stated, “He agreed for courting arrest on 20 September, 1981, in the Nirankari killing case but laid a condition that only ‘Amritdhari’ (baptised) officers can arrest him. A three-member team of SSP Jarnail Singh Chahal, SDM Baaj Singh Bhullar and I took Bhindranwale formally into custody.”

Author of a number of books on Sikh philosophy

Lalpura at the moment serves as a member of a number of social organisations and has authored 14 books on Sikh and Punjabi tradition, and interpretation of Guru Granth Sahib.

Some of his books embody “Japji Sahib ik vichaar”, “Gurbani katha vichaar”, “Wangaar”, Marde ae Khuda Nanak”, “Raaj karega khalsa”. Lalpura’s upcoming books are “Love, Serve and Protect”, “Life with Crime and Criminals” (on his time with militants), “Jagat Guru Baba” and “Tilak Janju – Manukhuta da Rakha”.

His books on Gurbani deal with explicit aspects resembling references to Islam, Hinduism and different religions in Guru Granth Sahib. His subsequent ebook on his expertise in terrorism days, particularly interplay with Bhindranwale, is slated to be printed shortly.

He has remained a principal negotiator with terrorists on behalf of the federal government and had retrieved the physique of slain DIG AS Atwal from Golden Temple.

“I will work to protect the interests of minorities across the country and am thankful to the government for choosing me for this responsibility,” The Tribune quoted Lalpura as saying.

He has additionally gained a number of awards such because the President’s Police Medal, a police medal for meritorious providers, Shiromani Sikh Sahitkar Award and Sikh scholar award.

Centre arrange the NCM beneath the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992

Earlier this yr, the Delhi High Court had requested the Centre to elucidate why six of the seven posts on the NCM are mendacity vacant since October.

On 13 August, the Delhi High Court prolonged the deadline given to the Centre to appoint individuals to all of the vacant positions within the National Commission for Minorities by two months.

Justice Rekha Palli stated the method, which was earlier directed to be concluded by 31 July, be accomplished by 30 September.

The courtroom’s determination got here after the Centre made a plea to increase the deadline by a interval of three months.

Also, earlier, whereas the Monsoon Session was ongoing, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in a written reply within the Rajya Sabha on 2 August stated, “The National Commission for Minorities has informed that the erstwhile Minority Commission in its Annual Reports for the period 1 January, 1981 to 31 March, 1982 and 1 April, 1982 to 31 March, 1983 had recommended for setting up of a Committee to consider the need for considering and, if necessary, to formulate a scheme to establish a National Integration-cum-Human Rights Commission for promotion of secular traditions and national integration.”

Initially, 5 non secular communities, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis), have been notified as minority communities by the Union authorities. Further by way of a notification, dated 27 January, 2014, Jains have been additionally notified as a minority group.

Union authorities constituted National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi and the State governments constituted State Minorities Commissions of their respective State capitals.

These organisations are set-up to safeguard and shield the pursuits of minorities as supplied within the Constitution of India and legal guidelines enacted by the Parliament and the state Legislatures.

With inputs from companies

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