Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar has asked the state government to direct the police to speed-up investigations into a 'Saroop' (copy) of the Guru Granth Sahib going 'missing' from a gurdwara in Jawahar Singhwala village in Faridkot district on June 1.
The SGPC has already got a theft case registered against unnamed persons in the case as the scripture installed is feared to have been stolen.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Makkar said the SGPC was informed of the incident by the management of gurdwara Gangasar Sahib in Jaiton. Subsequently, two 'pracharaks' (preachers) of the Dharam Prachar Committee were dispatched from Amritsar and they concluded in their findings that the scripture had been stolen from the village shrine.
Thereafter, Takht Damdama Sahib acting Jathedar, Giani Gurmukh Singh and SGPC member from Faridkot Sukhdev Singh Baath too visited the village. On the basis of their report, the SGPC got a case registered.
After its initial internal inquiry, the SGPC has squarely blamed the 'granthis and the management members of the gurdwara for failing to take steps for the 'protection' of the scripture.
Makkar himself has spoken to senior civil and police officials of Faridkot district and conveyed his concerns.