SGPC orders probe into ‘Sarbjit’ shooting inside Golden Temple

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Feb 16, 2016 17:08 IST

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar has clarified that the makers of Randeep-Hooda-Aishwarya-Rai starrer ‘Sarbjit’ had no permission to shoot certain scenes of the film at the Golden Temple here and that an inquiry has been ordered into how the Bollywood crew got in.

Answering media queries on Monday here, Makkar regretted that a couple of bouncers protecting leading film’s lady Aishawarya Rai had misbehaved with the press photographers covering her and co-actress Richa Chadha at the shrine last week, while the biopic drama produced by Omung Kumar was being shot without Randeep Hooda, who plays the title role.

When the media pointed out that “a certain SGPC official” had allowed the crew to shoot inside the shrine without his knowledge, Makkar said: “The inquiry will also bring out the name of this official.” Asked who would lead the inquiry, he replied: “In due course of time, you will know.”

The film is based on the real life story of an Indian farmer from Punjab who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan, sentenced to death, and later wounded fatally by inmates in a Lahore prison in April 2013.

Executive body meets

Makkar also led proceedings at a meeting in which the SGPC executive body decided to pass the annual budget for the financial year 2016-17 before March 31. The SGPC will hold many functions through the current year dedicated to the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh coming up on January 5 next year in Patna, Guru’s birthplace. Of the various organising committees formed, one comprising senior SGPC officers Roop Singh and Satbir Singh will be in charge of the religious procession from Anandpur Sahib to Patna next month. A mobile exhibition of the Guru’s weapons will be part of the event; and this bus will take the route that the young Guru as Gobind Rai had taken to reach Anandpur Sahib from Patna.

In June, the SGPC will also observe the 300th martyrdom day of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, and on the occasion, take out a religious procession from Gurdass Nangal in Gurdaspur district to Delhi. After the Mughals had captured him at Gurdass Nangal, they had taken the Sikh warrior to Delhi and there tortured him to death.

SGPC to prepare students for defence, civil services

Makkar told the media that the SGPC through its professional academy at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, would prepare Sikh students for defence and civil services.

“Sabat soorat Sikhs (who do not cut their hair or trim their beards) will be trained for clearing the National Defence Academy (NDA) and other officer training academies,” said Makkar, adding that 60 students admitted on the basis of written test and interview had commenced training at the academy.

He said a similar academy to help Sikhs clear the civil services exams was coming up at Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgrah Sahib.

Mobile link to shrine

The SGPC will develop a mobile app to link Sikhs world over to the Golden Temple. This project was being worked out, said Makkar.

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