At SGPC executive meeting, members demand jathedar’s resignation

  • Vishal Rambani & Ketan Gupta, Hindustan Times, Fatehgarh Sahib
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2015 23:13 IST
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar (in file photo above) criticised the state government, especially Punjab Police, for the “inept handling” of the situation. (HT Photo)

In the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) executive committee meeting held here on Friday, members demanded the resignation of the Akal Takht jathedar.

Worried at the spate of resignations by SGPC members over the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib and the killing of two men in police firing, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar criticised the state government, especially Punjab Police, for the “inept handling” of the situation.

The SGPC blamed Punjab Police and the intelligence department for the fiasco. Makkar presented a resolution, demanding action against Punjab Police and intelligence officials who fired at the protesters.

“The bir was stolen, but police didn’t act. Later, miscreants tore off its pages, which led to anger among Sikhs. And police killed two men who were protesting against the sacrilege. The SGPC executive condemns the act of the police, which has failed to nab the perpetrators but killed the two men,” read the SGPC resolution.

In the meeting, though other members remained quiet, SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur and executive member Karnail Singh Panjoli raised the issue of pardoning the dera head and wanted the withdrawal of the order.

Executive members Mangal Singh and Bhajan Singh Shergill also demanded that the order issued by the Akal Takht should be taken back besides demanding the resignation of the five high priests for hurting the sentiments of the community.

Panjoli said the jathedars had acted against the wishes of the Panth, so they should resign.

Makkar later refused to comment on the Akal Takht move to take back its earlier decision of pardoning the dera head. “I will give my detailed comments on Saturday,” he said. When asked about the resignation of SGPC members, Makkar said he was looking into the issue that would be sorted out.

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