Sikhs urged the Haryana government and administration to arrest the supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda

Sirsa clash

Sikhs urged the Haryana government and administration to arrest the supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda – booked for attacking Sikhs on November 24 – during a meeting at Dasham Patshahi Gurdwara here on Friday.
The meeting was attended by heads of various Sikh organisations and gurdwaras from Punjab and nearby areas of the district.

Gyani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, jathedar of Sri Damdama Takt, said: “Despite various criminal cases registered against the dera head, no action is being taken against him. It’s impossible without the central government’s support.”

Demanding immediate arrest of the dera followers, he urged the government to book dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

Baljit Singh Daduwala, head of Daduwala gurdwara, said the attack on Sikhs was planned.

He said: “Sikh religious organisations and the Punjab government should take steps to end attack on Sikhs.”

Flaying the central government, he said: “The political leaders have failed to act against the dera head for the fear of losing votes. Soon, dera followers will come out on streets demanding cancellation of the FIR lodged against 2,000 of them and the government will bow down to their demand.”

Refusing to depend on the outside support, Daduwala asked Sikhs to pull their socks up to save their religion.

Talking to the mediapersons, Sukhwinder Singh Khalsa, president of Satkar Sabha, said: “If government fails to arrest the dera followers within a week, further action will be decided by the Akal Takht.”

A communal clash had broken out between Sikhs and dera followers on November 24 after the dera head was shown black flags. Twelve Sikhs were injured, including Gurmeet Singh Trilokewala, head of Kalanwali-based dera and member of SGPC, during the clash.

Police take out flag march
Though curfew had been lifted on Thursday, the paramilitary force took out a flag march in the town on Friday.

To avoid any untoward incident, the administration had deputed force outside Dasham Patshahi Gurdwara, where the meeting was in progress.

The administration announced that the educational institutes would reopen on Monday after they were closed down on November 25.

Dera spy held
Sikhs caught a dera follower, Sewak Dass from Kirti Nagar colony, after he was found spying near the gurdwara in the afternoon.

Initially, he had introduced himself as CID personnel from the Punjab Police, but after being interrogated by the local CID personnel, he broke down and was taken in police custody.

Sikh family looted in Pakistan was travelling to Lahore after praying at Nankana Sahib

Nankana Sahib Sikhs

A Sikh family on a pilgrimage in Pakistan was looted of cash and valuables. But prompt police action led to the recovery of the money and the arrest of the criminals.

The family of Hardiyal Singh was travelling to Lahore after praying at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak, when they were waylaid by a gang, Geo News Friday quoted police.

Their taxi was intercepted near the Pipalwala bypass in Punjab province. Its driver confessed to his involvement in the crime.

The arrested men were identified as Zulfiqar, Munir and Attaullah. Geo News said the money, mobile phones and other valuables were returned to the Sikh family.

Thousands of Sikhs gathered this week at Nankana Sahib to mark the 543rd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Geo News did not say if the affected Sikh family was from India.

Parkash Singh Badal slams Uttrakhand govt for arresting Sikh devotees

Parkash Singh Badal

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday condemned the Uttrakhand government for preventing a Sikh religious group from entering Gurdwara Gyan Goddari in Haridwar and arresting them on the way.

“The religious sentiments of a sect must be kept high, as our constitution advocates to adopt a secular approach to give due respect to various rituals and rites of religions. Any act against it must be condemned by all,” Badal said.

The chief minister, who was at the two-day sangat darshan at Gaggar village in Lambi, said it was an old habit of the Congress to unnecessarily interfere in the religious affairs of the Sikhs.

“On the one hand, the Delhi Congress government was being unjust to Sikhs by not conducting Delhi Gurdwara Sikh Management Committee elections, and on the other, the Congress government in Uttrakhand had hurt the sentiments of the Sikhs by stopping the religious yatra and arresting devotees,” said Badal. Taking the example of Punjab, he added that the state government gave due respect to all religious sects to maintain communal harmony in Punjab.

Replying to a question regarding threat of Pakistani fundamentalists after the execution of 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab, Badal said the Punjab government had made all the necessary security arrangements. “There is no threat to peace in the state,” he added.

Regarding coal shortage in thermal plants of Punjab, Badal said the state government was aware of the situation and efforts were being made to get uninterrupted coal supply. He further said that he had written to his counterpart in Jharkhand to seek his personal intervention to sought out the issue at the earliest.

He also told mediapersons that the state was striving hard for 100 per cent supply of potable water in urban and rural sectors on priority basis. “Due to the anti-farmer policies of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, agriculture has become a non-profitable profession,” Badal added.

Following complaints of people from Singhewala village, he directed the water supply and sanitation chief engineer to immediately inquire about the leakage in the newly-built water works.

Badal also addressed people in Fatuhiwala, Dhani Singhwala, Mithri Budhgir, Gaggar, Waring Khera, Killianwala and Mandi Killianwali villages during his sangat darshan programmes and listened to their grievances.

He also announced that the grants to the villages would be directly deposited to the accounts of the panchayat through the e-transfer system.