As violence erupted in Moga over the desecration of a ‘bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib in Faridkot district, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar on Tuesday appealed for peace and asked the administration to arrest those behind sacrilege.
Makkar along with some members of the SGPC from Faridkot and Moga districts visited Bargari village, where the torn pages of the scripture were found, and described the situation over there as “tense”.
Later, in a statement issued from the SGPC headquarters in Amritsar, he said the immediate task for the police was to bring the offenders to the court of law, “so that they could be handed out a stern punishment and an incident such as this does not reoccur”.
Makkar felt that the laws against sacrilege needed to be made tougher and the Union government should consider revising these accordingly.
‘Only Akal Takht can call Sarbat Khalsa’
The SGPC president on Tuesday said only the Akal Takht could call a Sarbat Khalsa (congregation of Sikhs) and no political party, religious or other organisation, or individual had the authority or the jurisdiction to do it.