Sacked Panj Pyaras form panel to work out procedure for holding Sarbat Khalsa

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2016 11:14 IST
The Panj Pyaras who were sacked by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. (HT File Photo)

Panj Pyaras sacked by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) last year constituted an 11-member committee to work on “vidhividhan” (procedure) to hold a Sarbat Khalsa (Sikh congregation) on Tuesday.

The radical Panj Pyaras (five beloved of the Guru) — Satnam Singh Khanda, Tarlok Singh, Satnam Singh Khalsa, Major Singh and Mangal Singh — rejected the Sarbat Khasla scheduled for November 10 and said a proper procedure needs to be worked out before that.

They urged four out of the five head priests appointed by the radical Sarbat Khalsa last year – Mohkam Singh, Amrik Singh, Baljit Singh Daduwal and Dhian Singh Mand — to shed ego and join hands with them to set a procedure in place and organise Sarbat Khalsa later. The fifth head priest appointed by the radical Sarbat Khalsa, former chief minister Beant Singh assassin Jagtar Singh Hawara, is behind bars.

The sacked Panj Pyaras also appealed to Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann, who played a key role in the November 2015 radical Sarbat Khalsa, to join them.

The 11-member committee that includes Karamjeet Singh, Harsimran Singh, Harinder Singh, Tarsem Singh, Narain Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Harbans Singh, Baljit Singh Khalsa, Sukhpreet Singh Udoke and Baljinder Singh, are expected to give its report on the “vidhi-vidhan” shortly.

Satnam Singh Khanda said Tuesday’s meeting had representation from across the globe through video-conferencing. Former IAS officer Gurtej Singh, former DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna, officebearers of Dal Khalsa, other Sikh organisations and SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur also attended the meeting.

Sarna told HT that Panj Pyaras were working for a cause and trying to streamline things which were never addressed in Sikhism. If five head priests have accepted Hawara to lead them, they should also accept his diktat to work out a “vidhividhan” before holding a Sarbat Khalsa.

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