In light of the recent desecration of a ‘bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib at a village in Faridkot district that has led to protests and violence, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has directed managers of all its gurdwaras to remain alert to prevent such incidents.
Managers were asked to take precautionary steps to guard against accidental fires in gurdwaras that might cause damage to Guru Granth Sahib.
These instructions were handed out by SGPC chief secretary Harcharan Singh while addressing a meeting of managers of all SGPC-run gurdwaras in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The meeting held at Teja Singh Samundari Hall in the Golden Temple complex on Wednesday was attended by SGPC secretary Roop Singh, additional secretary Daljit Singh Bedi and other senior officials.
“Round-the-clock vigil must be ensured in all gurdwaras,” the chief secretary said. Harcharan Singh said most of these incidents took place due to loose electricity connections often leading to short circuit.