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Tandon seeks SGPC intervention for solution to dera-Sikh clashes

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, November 27, 2013
First Published: 22:42 IST(27/11/2013) | Last Updated: 22:44 IST(27/11/2013)

Senior Punjab BJP leader Balramji Das Tandon on Wednesday sought the intervention of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for "a permanent solution" to the clashes between the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda and the Sikh religious activists in the wake a similar incident at Dhudike, near Moga.

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Seeking police protection for the congregations of the dera and of all other faiths, Tandon, in a statement here, said, "It is also required that the state government and the SGPC authorities should find out a permanent solution to this tangle." 

"It is very shocking that after a lapse of some months, a radical Sikh organisation started a clash at Dhudike, where a religious congregation for having 'nam charcha' by Dera Sacha Sauda was to take place," he said.

"Had the police force not reached there, the situation so created by such radical elements would have taken a very dangerous turn. It is absolutely wrong that any person or organisation may be bent upon to prevent a religious congregation of some other faith," he said.

The country's Constitution allows peaceful congregation of any faith at any place, which cannot be forbidden by one or the other party, he added.

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