The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has raised objections to Gurbani verses being inscribed on marble tiles at a yoga ashram being run by an Indian-origin person in Germany's Hamburg.
SGPC additional secretary Daljit Singh Bedi said it would have been okay had the tiles (with Gurbani verses) been plastered on the walls of the ashram. "Unfortunately, these were used for flooring and on steps leading to the ashram," said Bedi citing reports coming from Hamburg.
"This amounts to trampling on Gurbani verses, something which no Sikh will tolerate. The ashram owner, Satya Singh, has shown total disrespect and disregard for Gurbani and this has hurt our sentiments," said Bedi.
He further said SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has asked the ashram owner to remove these tiles or else the religious body will seek legal recourse. Makkar intends to bring this matter to the notice of Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.
Seeks release of Sikh detainees in Florida jail
Makkar has sought the intervention of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to ensure release of 22 Sikhs asylum-seekers who are on a hunger strike in a jail Florida, US. They were arrested sometime back by the US immigration authorities for 'illegally' staying in the country. As these detainees have been on a hunger strike for the last few days, Makkar has expressed concern over their deteriorating health. Some of them have already been hospitalised after their health deteriorated, the SGPC chief said while referring to news reports.
"I appeal to the government to take up the issue at diplomatic level with the US authorities, so that the detainees can be released on bail," the SGPC chief said in a release.
He said the detainees are demanding that their bail applications be heard by a local Florida court immediately. So far, no decision has been taken as a result they went on a hunger strike, said Makkar.