Gurdwara Row: Uneasy calm prevails in Pathankot

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2015 23:35 IST

Uneasy calm prevailed in Pathankot even as the police managed to stop members of the Damdami Taksal on the outskirts of the town who were adamant to visit the site of the razed gurdwara.

Later, only three members of the Damdami Taksal were escorted by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Manoj Thakur to the gurdwaras site. They also met senior superintendent of police (SSP), Pathankot, RK Bakshi, who asked them to maintain harmony and peace in the town.

Tension gripped parts of the town after the management of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Mission Road, reportedly razed a gurdwara on the school premises in the wee hours of Friday. Members of some radical Sikh organisations reached the spot and clashed with school security staff and other members of the management. As the news spread, more people rushed to the spot.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Sucha Singh Langah, who intervened in the clash, tried to convince the agitated locals that the management demolished the old structure of the gurdwara which would be replaced by a new one, but the locals demanded the arrest of the members of the school body.

"We had been apprehending the visit of Damdami Taksal members and had sealed the roads leading to Pathankot. The vehicles of Damdami Taksal members were stopped and they were asked to maintain peace in the town to which they agreed. We allowed three members to visit the site," said the SSP.

Pathankot deputy commissioner Sukhvinder Singh said the local were cooperating with the administration and the situation was under control. He said it was learnt that the persons who had razed the gurdwara structure had apologised. "We are keeping a close eye on the situation," he added.

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