The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has cancelled the Jammu-Anandpur Sahib nagar kirtan following tension in Jammu after the killing of a Sikh protester in police firing last week.
The SGPC had planned to take out nagar kirtans from Jammu, Delhi and Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh to the birthplace of the Khalsa to commemorate the 350th foundation year of Anandpur Sahib.
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said here on Monday that the decision to cancel the nagar kirtan was taken after a meeting of Sikhs in Jammu. They forwarded their opinion to the SGPC, which took the decision to call off the nagar kirtan, he said.
A Sikh protester, Jagjit Singh, was killed and a few others were injured when the police opened fire on a group of Sikhs who were protesting against the tearing of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale's poster.
The nagar kirtan from Jammu was to commence on June 12 and was to reach Anandpur Sahib the following day. Makkar said the nagar kirtans from Delhi and Paonta Sahib would be held as per schedule.
SEMINAR ON ANANDPUR SAHIB
To commemorate the 350th foundation year of Anandpur Sahib, the SGPC will organise a seminar on Anandpur Sahib -its history and importance, on June 10 at the Virasat-e-Khalsa complex.
The seminar will be attended by Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema and Lok Sabha member Prem Singh Chandumajra. The main speakers at the event will be Punjabi University vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World Sikh University vice-chancellor GS Walia, former pro-vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Prithpal Singh Kapur and a number of Sikh scholars and historians, including Balwant Singh Dhillon, head of the department of Guru Granth Sahib studies at GNDU.