Uneasy calm prevailed around the historical Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi (dedicated to Guru Hargobind) after the battle of Wednesday between the police and the supporters of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC).
On Thursday, the scene at the shrine near the Sannehit tank was relatively peaceful as the HSGMC supporters did not resume the dharna outside to demand possession from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). The HSGMC had announced it would make its headquarters at the gurdwara.
“We’ll meet at the Guhla-Cheeka shrine in the afternoon to plan further struggle until we have possession of all the historical gurdwaras of Haryana,” HSGMC president Jagdish Singh Jhinda said on Thursday.
He said that he blamed the “goons that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had sent to the Haryana gurdwaras in the garb of the SGPC task force” for the violence that erupted a day before.
“Nearly 50 of these Sikhs from inside the gurdwara infiltrated our 700 peaceful agitators and provoked the others for violence. Simultaneously, stone-pelting started from inside and the police force manning the barricades was caught in between. After some of their men were injured, the police resorted to baton charge,” he said.
He also accused SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar and Akali leader Bibi Jagir Kaur of provoking people against the HSGMC. He charged Badal with disturbing peace in Haryana by dividing its Sikhs before the assembly elections.
Meanwhile, HSGMC general secretary Joga Singh made an appeal to the Akal Takht for directions to the SGPC and Badal to call their men back from the Haryana gurdwaras, since they were “scaring the sangat (devotees)”.
In reply to a question, Jhinda said the secret dialogue process started at Yamunanagar a few days ago had collapsed because the SGPC had leaked out selective details. “At present, no talks are going on, as there is no use of it, since Badal has cheated us thrice now,” he added.