Jaspal's 'bhog' held peacefully amid tight security in, around Gurdaspur
The 'bhog' ceremony of Jaspal Singh (18), who was killed in police firing during a bandh called by Shiv Sena on March 29, passed off peacefully today at his native village Chorh Sidhwan, 7 km from here even as police maintained a tight vigil to prevent any untoward incident.punjab Updated: Apr 07, 2012 19:33 IST
The 'bhog' ceremony of Jaspal Singh (18), who was killed in police firing during a bandh on March 29, passed off peacefully at his native village Chorh Sidhwan, 7 km from here, on Saturday.
Gurdaspur was converted into a virtual police cantonment due to elaborate security arrangements made by the administration in and around the town, with shops opening during the day.
As a precautionary measure, all local private schools observed a holiday on Saturday.
Representatives of Sikh 'sangats' from as far as France, England and Canada offered money in lakhs to the families of deceased Jaspal Singh as well as Ranjit Singh, a resident of Pandher village near Gurdaspur who is under treatment at government hospital in Amritsar.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has already announced a job for Jaspal's sister Kanwaljeet Kaur, who is a student of engineering at local Sukhjindra College of Engineering and Technology, on completion of her education.
The SGPC also gave Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh to the families of Jaspal and Ranjit, respectively, during the 'bhog' ceremony.
All India Sikh Students Federation chief Karnail Singh Peer Mohammed announced annual scholarships to three top students of local Beant College of Engineering and Technology, where Jaspal Singh was a student.
Addressing the gathering, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh declared Jaspal a 'Sikh martyr' and paid rich tributes to him on behalf of Sikh leaders who had assembled there.
Thanking Sikh organisations for their whole-hearted support, he also appealed to the Sikhs to maintain peace in the world.
He was the only speaker scheduled to address the gathering. Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann, who was also present, asked for time to address the gathering but his request was turned down by the organisers.
After the Akal Takht Jathedar and others left the function, a supporter of Mann appealed to the people left behind in the 'pandal' to sit down and listen to the SAD (A) leader who had come especially for the purpose.
In his brief address, Mann asked the gathering if they were in favour of making Balwant Singh Rajoana the Akal Takht Jathedar. The people present there supported his proposal by raising slogans. Some even raised provocative slogans.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, Dal Khalsa president Harcharanjit Singh Dhami and spokesman Kanwarpal Singh, former Akal Takht jathedars Bhai Jasbir Singh Rodhe and Bhai Ranjit Singh, Sant Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, Sant Amrik Singh of Nikke Ghumman, SAD (1920) leader Manjit Singh Calcutta, former Punjab minister Sucha Singh Chhotepur and local MLA Gurbachan Singh Babbehali were also present.