The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to step in to broker peace between Damdami Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma and Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale following appeals by various Panthic groups, including the ruling Shiromani Akai Dal (SAD).
“We have decided to mediate to resolve the differences between the two,” SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said after presiding over a meeting of the executive of the religious body.
Briefing the media, Makkar said he had authorised the executive to form a committee for resolving the differences between the Taksal head and Dhadrianwale. “The peace committee will be formed in day or two and will establish contact with the two sides,” he added.
When asked how long it will take to broker peace between the two, Makkar said: “We will find a solution soon.”
Meanwhile, the SGPC executive issued an appeal to Dhumma and Dhadrianwale to maintain peace and harmony.
Dhadrianwale had earlier rejected such offer made by Akal Takht on the grounds that its jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh had no moral right to remain on the post due to his role in the Dera Sacha Sauda case.
The preacher had demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the May 17 attack on him near Ludhiana in which his close associate was killed. He had accused Dhumma of engineering the attack.
When contacted, Dhumma refused to comment on the SGPC peace initiative. “No one has established contact with me as yet.”
Dhadrianwale could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
APPEALS FOR PEACE DURING BLUESTAR ANNIVERSARY
Makkar issued an appeal to all Panthic groups to maintain peace and communal harmony on June 6, the Operation Bluetsar anniversary. The main function will be held at Akal Takht where “only the jathedar will issue the customary ‘sandesh’ (message) to the Sikh community,” Makkar said.
Makkar said he had asked the SGPC officials to ensure that no untoward incident takes place on June 6. He said the state government is also keeping a tab on the situation.