Former Golden Temple ‘Hazoori Ragi’ Bhai Baldev Singh Wadala, who was dismissed from his post for revolting against the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) last year, was detained by the Amritsar police during wee hours of Wednesday.
Detained in connection with an Operation Bluestar remembrance march planned by Sikh hardliners in Ludhiana on Wednesday, Wadala was later released in the afternoon. Besides Wadala, a number of Sikh radicals were also reported to be detained at different places in the state.
Wadala, a renowned Gurbani exponent, was on his way to the Golden Temple when the Rajasansi police detained him at his village, Bhittewad , around 3am. After being released around 1.30pm, Wadala was honoured by his supporters with a “siropa”.
Wadala said the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is trying to scare away all its political opponents and suppress political dissent ahead of the assembly polls.
“The duty of the police is not to play as puppets in the hands of the rulers, but to maintain law and order,” he said.
Rajasansi station house officer (SHO) Hardeep Singh said police had detained Wadala to quiz him in connection with some case, but refrained from disclosing anything further.
Wadala came into limelight after he opposed the appointment of Harcharan Singh as the SGPC chief secretary. He along with his supporters had staged a dharna outside Teja Singh Samundri Hall, the headquarter of the apex gurdwara body, leading to his transfer to a Sikh shrine in Haryana.
During the last Holla Mohalla festival, he organised a rally at Anandpur Sahib and announced to contest SGPC elections against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), following which he was dismissed. Later, he formed the Sikh Sadbhawna Dal.