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Punjab CM orders probe into screening of liquor ads near Golden Temple

The LED screens have been put up to telecast the Gurbani (hymns) from Guru Granth Sahib in Darbar Sahib, the sanctum sanctorum of the holiest shrine of the Sikhs

punjab Updated: Jun 10, 2017 11:12 IST
HT Correspondent
Liquor advertisements on the LEDs on Heritage Street leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Liquor advertisements on the LEDs on Heritage Street leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.(HT Photo)

Taking serious note of the screening of liquor advertisements on the LEDs on Heritage Street leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered an inquiry into the recent incidents that have hurt religious sentiments of devotees.

A spokesperson in the chief minister’s office said that the Amritsar deputy commissioner has asked the additional deputy commissioner to submit his report on such incidents within a week.

“No one will be allowed to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Punjab. The sanctity of holy places will be maintained at all costs,” he said.

The LED screens have been put up to telecast the Gurbani (hymns) from Guru Granth Sahib in Darbar Sahib, the sanctum sanctorum of the holiest shrine of the Sikhs. Sikhism prohibits drinking alcohol.

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AKALIS OBJECT TO ADVERTISEMENTS

The Shiromani Akali Dal condemned the telecast of commercial and liquor advertisements on LED screens on June 7.

SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said this action of the state government has hurt the sentiments of lakhs of devotees who visit the shrine daily. He said after declaring Virast-e-Khalsa a white elephant, this is the second blunder of cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and the state government.

Demanding an apology from Amarinder, the SAD said it was a conspiracy to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere at Darbar Sahib.