The walled city area of Amritsar will become ground zero on Wednesday in view of the announcement at the radical Sarbat Khalsa that the interim Akal Takht jathedar would address the ‘quam’ (Sikh community) on Bandi Chhor Diwas.
The interim jathedar, Dhian Singh Mand, is expected to march towards the Golden Temple with his supporters in the afternoon.
While the police have tightened security around the Golden Temple, Mand and his supporters are likely to be stopped at the outset of their march. Radical leaders announced at the Sarbat Khalsa that they would address the community wherever they were stopped.
Meanwhile, activists of the Dal Khalsa, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD, Panch Pardhani) and Sikh Youth of Punjab have jointly decided to ‘stop’ Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh from delivering his customary ‘sandesh’ (message) to the community on Bandi Chhor Diwas. They have asked their supporters to gather at the Golden Temple at 4pm on Wednesday.
Police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh, who was busy holding meetings with his officers on Tuesday evening, said, “Law and order is our priority and nobody will be allowed to disturb peace. Cops have been deployed in the area and efforts are afoot to ensure normalcy on Wednesday.” The SGPC task force has also been told to maintain vigil inside the shrine.