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Sacrilege row: Sikh bodies to hold ‘panthic assembly’ on October 20-21

Failure of the Punjab assembly to address the issue of Bargari sacrilege lead to the germination of the idea of ‘Panthic assembly,” said advocate Jaswinder Singh,

punjab Updated: Oct 12, 2018 14:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Former Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar Giani Kewal Singh (left) with members of Sikh bodies staged a protest on Bhandari bridge in Amritsar in August. (HT Photo)

Focusing on sacrilege onslaught that has hit Punjab over the last three years, Sikhs outfits will hold a two-day ‘Panthic assembly’ on October 20 and 21 in Amritsar.

The five-member working group of the newly convened ‘Panthic assembly’ are Giani Kewal Singh, Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, Jagmohan Singh, Kanwar Pal Singh and Jaswinder Singh.

Dal Khalsa secretary for political affairs Kanwar Pal Singh, while interacting with media on Thursday, criticised the Punjab government for its failure in taking action against those who have been found guilty of sacrilege and police firing at Behban Kalan, Kotkapuran and Bargari.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) ex-general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur said, “The Sikh citizens’ ‘Panthic assembly’, comprising 117 individuals from Punjab and outside, has been convened to chalk out a strategy to counter the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib.”

“The assembly will discuss reports of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission and Justice Jora Singh Commission,” Bhaur added.

Bhaur said our aim is to ensure that the guilty of sacrilege and police firing are brought to justice.

Bhaur further said the ‘Panthic assembly’ will also deliberate upon the Justice Gurnam Singh Commission report on the cold-blooded murder of four Sikh men who were protesting against the burning of sarups of Guru Granth Sahib in Nakodar in February 1986.

First Published: Oct 12, 2018 14:47 IST