HindustanTimes Sat,22 Nov 2014

Daduwal quits ad hoc HSGMC?

Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times  Faridkot, September 01, 2014
First Published: 08:06 IST(1/9/2014) | Last Updated: 08:08 IST(1/9/2014)

Radical Sikh leader Baljit Singh Daduwal has reportedly resigned from the 41-member ad hoc Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC), if a resignation letter, allegedly written by Daduwal and circulated by the police among mediapersons, is to be believed.

“He has been preaching religion for the last 18 years and also joined the HSGMC for the preaching Sikhism. But, unfortunately, office-bearers of the HSGMC have fallen prey to politics and Jagdish Singh Jhinda has announced to contest elections on the Congress ticket himself which is very unfortunate,” states the letter that bears the name of Daduwal but may have been written by somebody else on behalf of the Sikh leader as, surprisingly, it does not use the word ‘I’ but refers to Daduwal as ‘he’.

“The Haryana gurdwara committee was formed to look after gurdwaras, not to contest elections. Keeping the feelings of the Indians and foreign followers in mind, we resign from the HSGMC and shall continue to endeavour for the welfare of Sikhism,” the letter concludes.

If true, Daduwal’s move could be seen as an attempt to buy peace with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which was allegedly upset with him as he had played an active role in the creation of a separate gurdwara panel in Haryana and a secret deal between the hardliner and the SAD might be in place.

But the alleged resignation letter could not be verified independently by HT. ”I was with Babaji till about 12 noon on Saturday and then got separated by the police. By that time, he did not disclose any such intention to resign. The authenticity of the letter could be confirmed only after a meeting with him,” said Gurmeet Singh, who is a close relative of Daduwal.

“We could not go to the jail to have met him as it was Sunday and so nothing could be said about it,” Gurmeet Singh added.

“Daduwal was in the custody of Mansa police and he entered Faridkot at about 4:45 pm on Saturday and was in the jail at 5 pm. We did not see him interacting with mediapersons there,” said a source, expressing doubt on the authenticity of the letter allegedly written by Daduwal or somebody else on his behalf.

Supporters of Daduwal have alleged that the state government has tried to settle scores with him by opening two old cases, one registered by Faridkot police over an alleged clash of Daduwal and his followers with Dera Sacha Sauda supporters on March 14, 2009 and another attempt to murder case registered by the Mansa police.

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