High drama was witnessed outside Amb Sahib gurdwara, Phase 8, where a delegation of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC), led by its president Jagdish Singh Jhinda was not let in by Shrimoni Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) members.
The delegation was to hold a meeting on Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, a former militant, who has been fasting for the release of Sikh prisoners involved in the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh.
The delegation had reached the gurdwara at about 11 am in the morning. While a limited number of the HSGMC members were present to hold the meeting, about 100 members from the SGPC task force stopped them from entering the gurdwara.
The delegation later tried to hold the meeting outside the gurdwara, but was again stopped by the city police and SGPC task force. The HSGMC delegation criticised both Badal government in Punjab and the SGPC on the issue. Jagdish Singh Jhinda said, “The Badal government in Punjab wants to politicise the issue. Even being Sikh leaders, they are not bothered about Sikhs in the state and whatever support they are showing for Gurbaksh Khalsa is a mere eye wash. In Akali-BJP war, Sikhs are suffering.”
He added that the delegation was not even allowed to enter gurdwara for langar. Meanwhile, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said, “We have seen those from the HSGMC forcibly taking over our gurdwaras and we cannot trust them in any way.”
The delegation also tried to hold their meeting in the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) ground right opposite the gurdwara, but was again sent off by the police. The police maintained that already Section 144 (unlawful gathering) has been imposed around the PUDA bhawan and fearing tension they asked the delegation to leave.
SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “Our aim and intention was to keep peace.” Now they would be again holding a meeting on the issue on January 21.