Security has been tightened across the border district in view of the Sarbat Khalsa that will be held at Chabba village of Amritsar on November 10 (Tuesday).
While 250 Punjab Armed Police (PAP) personnel have reached the border district, teams of the Border Security Force (BSF) and other paramilitary forces would arrive before midnight.
Border range deputy inspector general of police Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh said unprecedented security measures were being taken to prevent any untoward incident during the congregation.
Tarn Taran is situated on the Bathinda-Amritsar national highway which connects Malwa region with Majha. It’s expected that people from Malwa would be attending the event in great numbers as majority of sacrilege incidents have taken place in that region.
The venue of the event at Chabba village is just 12 km far from Tarn Taran.
Sikh activists have been holding meetings with the people in rural areas to appeal them to participate in the meet in large numbers. Baba Avtar Singh Gharyala, who had resigned from the post of member of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in protest against sacrilege incidents, is also urging the villagers to attend the congregation.
His supporters are also garnering people’s support on social media.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers have extended their support to the event and are also convincing others to attend it.
On the other hand, Shiromani Akali Dal leaders are trying hard to ensure that the event turns out to be a damp squib.
On Friday, SAD leaders, including MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, MLA Harmeet Singh Sandhu, SGPC’s executive panel member Gurbachan Singh Karmuwala, Arvinderpal Singh Pakhoke and Ravinder Singh Brahmpura conducted a special meeting with the party rank and file and asked workers to convince people to boycott the meet.
Sources said on Monday some Sikh activists at Jahangir village wanted to make an announcement pertaining to the Sarbat Khalsa at a gurdwara, but they were allegedly not allowed to do so by a SAD leader.