Tankhaiya Sikh leader assaulted at Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara
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Tankhaiya Sikh leader assaulted at Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara

Assault on Johar Singh comes after Akal Takht jathedar’s directive to village panchayat to dismiss gurdwara trust headed by him and form local committee to run the shrine

punjab Updated: Oct 24, 2017 20:02 IST
Kamaljit Singh Kamal
Kamaljit Singh Kamal
Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
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Johar Singh (HT File )

Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara trust chief Johar Singh, who was recently declared ‘tankhaiya’ (guilty of religious misconduct) by the Akal Takht, was assaulted by a group of around 15 people, including women, in the premises of the historic shrine at Kahnuwan Chhamb near here on late Monday evening.

The assailants dragged Johar out of his residence on the first floor of the building, brought him on the ground floor and gave him a thrashing.

Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) HS Bhullar said that on the statement of Johar, a case has been registered against the accused under Sections 323, 452 and 295-A of the IPC at the Bhaini Mian Khan police station.

Johar had recently defied the directive of Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to appear before him after a senior functionary of the trust was caught with a woman in the Gurdwara premises on the night of August 11.

However, Johar did not abide by the directive saying Giani Gurbachan Singh had been removed as Akal Takht jathedar by the Sarbat Khalsa organised by radical Sikh organisations in Amritsar district on November 15, 2015 and Bhai Dhian Singh Mand was appointed as jathedar in his place.

Talking to HT, Johar said he had appeared before Mand (parallel jathedar) who declared him ‘tankhaiya’ on October 12 and asked him to perform ‘sewa’ (service) at the Golden Temple for seven days and reappear before the ‘jathedar’ to seek pardon. But the SGPC task force men did not let him perform ‘sewa’ and threw him out of the shrine premises.

Johar said he contacted Mand again, seeking his advice. The parallel jathedar then asked him to perform sewa outside the Golden Temple and organise an akhand path at Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara.

The Monday night attack, he alleged, was aimed at stalling the sewa assigned to him as part of ‘tankha’ (punishment for religious conduct). On Monday, the bhog of akhand path was performed at the Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara in the presence of Johar Singh.

Johar said he was attacked under a conspiracy to take away the control of the Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara that was being successfully run by the trust since 1974.

While declaring Johar ‘tankhaiya’, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had asked the village panchayat to dismiss the Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara trust and form a local committee to run the shrine.

Meanwhile, Johar Singh has obtained orders from a local court to maintain the status quo, with regard to the gurdwara management.

First Published: Oct 24, 2017 15:22 IST