Sikh radical jathedars issue ‘gurmata’ at Akal Takht

  • Surjit Singh, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 18, 2016 12:22 IST
(From left) Radical ‘jathedars’ Baljeet Singh Daduwal, Dhian Singh Mand and Amrik Singh Ajnala after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The parallel jathedars, appointed during the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ held by the Sikh radical leaders last year, on Friday made a sudden appearance at the Akal Takht and passed a ‘Gurmata’ (religious decree) seeking a detailed report from deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal by July 20 on Bargari sacrilege incident and Behbal Kalan firing, in which two Sikh protesters were killed.

The sudden entry of the three ‘jathedars’ led by ‘acting Jathedar’ of Akal Takht Dhyan Singh Mand took many by surprise and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committe (SGPC) task force, along with cops, swung into action and reached the spot. While they looked on in panic, Darbar Sahib manager Sulakhan Singh also reached there.

The presence of parallel ‘jathedars’ gave a tough time to the SGPC while members of its task force were seen exchanging heated arguments with mediapersons, who were trying to cover the development.

After paying obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum, the three ‘jathedars’, including Baljit Singh Daduwal (Damdama Sahib) and Amrik Singh Ajnala (Kesgarh Sahib), entered the Akal Takht and spent around 20 minutes there and held a brief meeting. Later, they passed the ‘gurmata’. Interacting with the media at the Golden Temple plaza, Dhyan Singh Mand read out the ‘gurmata’ written on a parallel letter head of the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs and signed by the three ‘jathedars’.

“No accused have so far been held in connection with the sacrilege incidents held at different places, including Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari, and killing of Sikh protesters in firing at Behbal Kalan. Sikh masses are furious over the inaction. Being home minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh badal is being directed to submit the investigation report of these incidents till July 20”, the ‘gurmata’ read.

Ask Sikhs to stay away from Yoda Day event

It also asked the Sikh masses to stay away from the International Yoga Day celebrations, maintaining that there is no place for yoga in Sikhism and Sikh should observe this day by reciting Gurbani, playing gatka (Sikh martial art) and participating in wrestling.

The ‘jathedars’ also summoned members of the management committee of a gurdwara at Virginia (US) on August 20 for altering Sikh maryada (Sikh code of ethics) during ‘Amrit Sanchar’ (baptism ceremony).

They also constituted a delegation of Sikh leaders to take up the issue of the ban imposed by the Holland Police on carrying naked swords by ‘Panj Pyaras’ (five beloved ones of the Guru).

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