Sikhs, devoted to the struggle for a separate Punjabi-speaking state, continued to pay homage and lend their support to Sant Fateh Singh, a Ghandian-style Sikh agitator, in the 19th day of his fast to death at Amritsar, Punjab, India, Jan 5.
GV View across river
SV PAN.. Crowd queue to see Sant Fateh Singh
CU Sign 'Fast unto death enters 19th day'
SV Sikhs around Fateh Singh
SCU Supporters pass window to Singh's room
SV Crowd pass under banner inscribed 'March on March on to Jails'
GV Mass crowd outside jail
LV Sign outside jail shows numbers arrested so far
SCU Two sikhs
LV March through streets commences
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Background: Sikhs, devoted to the struggle for a separate Punjabi-speaking state, continued to pay homage and lend their support to Sant Fateh Singh, a Ghandian-style Sikh agitator, in the 19th day of his fast to death at Amritsar, Punjab, India, Jan 5.
He lies in the courtyard of the Sikhs' golden temple there, slowly starving, in the hope of persuading India Premier Nehru - himself a devoted follower of Ghandi in the days of India's struggle for self-rule - to revoke the decision not to allow self-rule in Punjab.
His hope is also that his death would so enflame the Sikhs' demands that the Nehru Government would melt before it. Sant Fateh Singh is in his fifties. At the start of his self-inflicted death sentence he weighed 260lb. In the tenth day of the fast he had rapidly lost weight and strength but his life was not in danger. But his followers said that my Jan 5 his condition was very serious and was causing grave concern.
The first fruit of the fast was the release from prison, the previous night, of the leader of the Sikhs' political organization, the Akali Party, agitators-by demonstration - for partition. Many party members are still in prison.