A Sikh jatha of as many as 1,500 devotees on Saturday left for Pakistan to celebrate Baisakhi. The jatha left India in three special trains sent by Pakistan to celebrate the festival and pay their obeisance at various gurdwaras there. They will be back on April 20.
Leading the SGPC jatha, Amrik Singh Vichhoa, SGPC member, said, “I feel lucky to be a part of the jatha. On April 11, the jatha will go to Shri Panja Sahib and on April 15, we will visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib. Till April 20, the devotees will visit various other shrines and perform sewa at gurdwaras.”
On a question regarding security measures, the jatha leader said security had never been an issue and devotees were not worried about it.
Later, SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh said, “This time, the SGPC had forwarded names of 680 devotees for visas but the names of 34 pilgrims deleted and were denied visas. The devotees have great belief in shrines across the border, and thus, the government must ensure that all pilgrims are granted visas.”
Apart from SGPC, devotees under the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and other organisations were also a part of the jatha to Pakistan.