Gurudwara Guru Singh Sabha, Shimla, on Tuesday announced that the Sikh community across the state would not celebrate Diwali in the wake of the recent incidents of religious intolerance, particularly the sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab.
Sabha president Jaswinder Singh, who is also a former municipal councillor, announced on Tuesday that the Sikh community in the state was annoyed with the recent incidents in Punjab, which hurt the sentiments of the community.
He said, “The desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab is outrageous and a cowardly act. The Punjab Police opened fire in which three innocent Sikhs were killed. The police lathi-charged Sikhs who were protesting peacefully, which resulted in disharmony.”
He added that on the behalf of the executive committee of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Shimla, and all other Sikh organisations of the state, it was unanimously decided that Diwali would not be celebrated this year by the Sikhs in the state to condemn the shameful act.