Row over gurdwara 'handed over'to Dera Baba Rumi Wala
Another controversy seems to be building up over the management of a gurdwara after devotees had complained that the sanctity of the sacred place was not being maintained properly by the management committee.punjab Updated: Jun 29, 2014 22:01 IST
Another controversy seems to be building up over the management of a gurdwara after devotees had complained that the sanctity of the sacred place was not being maintained properly by the management committee.
After some of the devotees had expressed apprehension that the management of the gurdwara in Guru Gobind Singh Nagar on the Barnala road has been handed over to Dera Baba Rumi Wala in Bhucho Mandi, 'panj piaras' came to the sacred place on Sunday morning to perform religious ceremonies.
Takht Sri Damdama Sahib jathedar Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh said that complaints were received that the gurdwara management committee has handed over the management of the gurdwara to the Dera due to which the religious ceremonies were not being performed there properly.
"The panj piaras performed the religious ceremonies as per the procedure laid down by the Akal Takht and president of the committee Gurchet Singh Dhillon and another person Kuldeep Singh were asked to appear before panj piaras," he said.
"Both have been asked to perform sewa in the gurdwara either by cleaning utensils or shoes for one hour daily for one week. Both have been asked to participate in kirtan ardas for half-an-hour for one week. The sewa is as a mark of punishment for not holding the sanctity of the place," he said, adding that both will report to Takht Damdama Sahib next Sunday.
Besides this, both have been asked to surrender the documents which the gurdwara management committee has signed with the Dera to hand over the management so that fresh elections for the gurdwara management committee could be conducted.
However, president of the gurdwara management committee Gurchet Singh Dhillon denied that the management has been handed over to the Dera and claimed that it was merely a rumour and maintained that the gurdwara will be managed by the committee itself as per the procedure laid down by the Akal Takht.
With the apprehension of a law and order problem at the place, the district administration had deployed heavy police force near the gurdwara.