Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has reiterated his demand for imposing a ban on the activities of the Nurmahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS), saying that these are against Sikhism.
In a statement issued here on Thursday, the jathedar called upon the Punjab government to shut down the DJJS dera in Tarn Taran town.
The activities at the dera have often been objected to by certain Sikh organisations of Tarn Taran. In the past, clashes between DJJS followers and Sikhs have taken place over the holding of religious congregations at Tarn Taran.
The most recent such clash took place in October at nearby Jodhpur village. This happened after the dera managers shifted a scheduled congregation from Tarn Taran to Jodhpur. In this incident, around 13 persons sustained injuries.
However, tension again gripped Jodhpur following the burning of a 'bir' of the Guru Granth Sahib in the village gurdwara on December 2. Sikhs of the village accused DJJS followers, following which the police registered a case against nine of them.
On December 4, a bhog ceremony 'in memory of the burnt bir' was held at Jodhpur in which the Akal Takht jathedar and SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar participated. They had set December 12 as the deadline for arresting all those involved in the burning of the 'bir'.
A case under sections 452 (trespass), 295-A (hurting religious sentiments), 436 and 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been registered against the accused.
The jathedar again asked the Tarn Taran district administration to arrest all those named in the case. So far, the cops have only taken four persons into custody.
However, the jathedar appealed to all Sikhs to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. He told them to maintain peace.