The Akal Takht and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) have condemned the violence against Sikhs in Jammu and demanded action against the police officials who ordered the cane charge on them that left a man dead and four people injured.
In separate statements issued here on Thursday, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar called upon Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to initiate an inquiry into the assault on peaceful protesters. The jathedar directed the SGPC to take up the issue with Mufti and build pressure on him for inquiry also into the Shiv Sena activities.
Makkar also accused the Sena of provoking Sikhs by tearing photographs of former Damdami Taksal head Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was killed during Operation Bluestar, a military operation to flush out terrorists from the Golden Temple in 1984. "No one has the right to hurt Sikh sentiments," said Makkar, demanding the arrest of the Shiv Sena activists.
He also moved an e-mail to the Jammu and Kashmir CM, demanding adequate security to Sikh families living in Jammu. "The government must ensure the safety of their life and property," he wrote in the message. SGPC secretary Mnajit Singh also condemned the role of the Shiv Sena and the police in Jammu.
SGPC wants Master Tara Singh photo in Parliament
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has made a written appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for installing a photograph or a portrait of late Akali stawlwart Master Tara Singh in the Central Hall of Parliament. An identical appeal has been made to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
The content of the appeal was released to the media on Thursday in Amritsar. In the message, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has recalled the services of Master Tara Singh to the nation during and after Partition, particularly in the freedom struggle and the Gurdwara Lehar movement. He was also SGPC president and head of the Akali Dal.
SGPC member Kiranjot Kaur, granddaughter of Master Tara Singh, has appreciated the SGPC move. She recalled that her father's photograph was installed in Parliament Central Hall in 2003 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister. "For reasons best known to the government, it was moved to a less significant place in Parliament. I think it was the library," she said.
Central Hall is a place of prestige, where photographs of former PMs and several other big leaders hang on the walls.