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SAD flays Punjab govt for supporting Bargari protesters

The protesters in Bargari are demanding from the government to make public the report submitted by Justice Ranjit Singh Commission on the series of sacrilege incidents of Guru Granth Sahib and other holy scriptures in 2015.

cities Updated: Jul 21, 2018 11:53 IST
The sacrilege incident triggered a statewide outrage after a ‘bir’ (copy of Guru Granth Sahib) was stolen from a gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala on June 1, 2015.(HT File )

The core committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at a meeting in New Delhi on Thursday passed a resolution holding the Punjab government guilty of enacting absurd “dharna drama” at Bargari in Faridkot district, which was “not only sponsored and stage-managed, but even funded and financed by the ruling party”.

The protesters in Bargari are demanding from the government to make public the report submitted by Justice Ranjit Singh Commission on the series of sacrilege incidents of Guru Granth Sahib and other holy scriptures in 2015.

Party spokesman Harcharan Singh Bains said the state government led by Captain Amarinder Singh was providing all facilities such as mobile toilets, water and electricity supply and fans to those holding the dharna ostensibly against the government.

Bains said the party also wanted to know why the government was not responding to reports of foreign funds and Congress finances being provided to the organisers of the dharna “some of whom were the same who had not only tried to mislead the Sikh masses but even passed resolutions threatening peace and stability at Chabba in November 2015”.

The core committee resolution further read that the party, which had committed sacrilege against Guru Granth Sahib during the “brutal tank-and-mortar assault on Golden Tempe in 1984 were now shedding crocodile tears over sacrilege incidents”.

The resolution further states that the Bargari protest has two goals — diverting people’s attention from the failures of the Punjab government on drugs, debt relief and employment promises and to try and weaken “Panthic” institutions by attacking the traditions and institutions.

First Published: Jul 21, 2018 11:52 IST