After days of chaos and uncertainty, peace prevailed over the Nada Sahib Gurdwara in Panchkula on Friday following the Supreme Court order to maintain a status quo on the control of the shrine.
Nearly 150 Sikhs, both Sikh Jathedars and Shrimoni Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), from different parts of Punjab camping at the shrine for the last few days to prevent the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) from wresting control of the shrine are now expected to return home on Friday. Another set of 200 are expected to return soon. Speaking to HT, Punjab SGPC general council member Rajawinder Singh (Raja ladeh) said, “All those who have been come down from various parts of Punjab will now return. While the situation is under control, we will return if requirement arises,” he said.
Meanwhile, shop owners in the shrine were also relieved that situation is going back to normality.
Rajinder Singh, a shop owner, said, “There has been a drastic decline in the number of pilgrims coming to the area since the stand-off began. Now, with the SC edict, we expect the situation to improve. It is so unfortunate that those from same community want to shed each other’s blood,” he said.
Members of the gurdwara said that they had been prepared for any situation.
“We will now decide the further course of action,” they said.
Following days of stand-off between the SGPC and HSGPC over the ownership of gurdwaras in Haryana, the apex court, on Thursday, ordered that status quo be maintained.