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Phoolka writes to Takht over communal violence

HT Correspondent  Amritsar, July 29, 2014
First Published: 21:37 IST(29/7/2014) | Last Updated: 22:50 IST(29/7/2014)

In the backdrop of the communal violence in Saharanpur, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader HS Phoolka has called upon the Akal Takht to take the lead in maintaining communal harmony and peace.

In a letter to Akal Takht jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh, the well-known Supreme Court lawyer suggested that the Takht must issue guidelines to the community members to show restraint and not get provoked by 'elements' that may try to whip up communal feelings in the backdrop of the Saharanpur incident.

“There are chances that Sikhs may be 'used' by such elements to settle scores with members of other communities or with their rivals. The jathedar must ensure that Sikhs do not get provoked and indulge in acts that could give rise to communal tension," Phoolka stated in the letter released to the media here on Tuesday.

The AAP party leader felt that wise words from the jathedar were all the more necessary for Sikhs residing outside Punjab. “They are the ones who are more likely to be 'used' and in the process they might jeopardise their own safety,” he added.

He appreciated the jathedar for visiting Saharanpur after the violence and giving a message of peace to all communities residing in that city. The Sikhs must adopt a cautious approach whenever and whereever there is communal tension or violence and must resist all attempts to instigate them against any particular community”, he stated in the letter.

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