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Dera head tenders public apology for violating Sikh rehat maryada

punjab Updated: Jun 02, 2013 21:23 IST
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The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Satkar Committee on Sunday made a baptised Sikh head of a religious place here tender unconditional public apology for allegedly violating the Sikh religious code of conduct in the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib.

Amritsar based committee’s main representative Bhai Balbir Singh Muchhal approached the Kala Sanghian police post officials with a complaint against religious dera head Manjit Singh, accusing the latter of hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community by violating Sikh religious code of conduct.

On police expressing inability to accompany the complainant on account of shortage of staff, Muchhal along with his armed associates reached Manjit’s dera here to settle the issue. The devotees got scared due to presence of armed committee members thronging their dera.

The committee members recovered slips carrying certain Sikh religious couplets. “Manjeet Singh used to issue such slips to the devotees on the assurance that their problems will be solved if they will get these slips soaked in water and drink the same. He was making money out of such corrupt practices and making fool of gullible people. This is violation of the Sikh religion. None have authority to mislead people in the name of Sri Guru Granth Sahib,” he announced during the ongoing religious congregation.

Manjeet too admitted his mistake and sought to be pardoned while committee members’ were insisting to get an FIR registered against him. Later, he was made to tender public apology. The committee, however, took away the holy book from Manjeet’s dera and installed the same at Saidowal village gurudwara.