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SGPC to send delegation to help Shillong Sikhs facing displacement

A couple of weeks ago, the SGPC had sent its delegation to Shillong following tension between the tribal Khasi community and the Sikhs living in the Punjabi Lane locality of the town.

punjab Updated: Jul 17, 2018 23:24 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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The Guru Nanak Durbar Gurdwara under reconstruction in the crowded Punjabi Lane of Bara Bazaar in Shillong.(HT Photo)

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will send a delegation to Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, to address issue of displacement of Sikhs living there, said the apex gurdwara body’s additional secretary and spokesperson Daljit Singh Bedi on Tuesday.

A couple of weeks ago, the SGPC had sent its delegation to Shillong following tension between the tribal Khasi community and the Sikhs living in the Punjabi Lane locality of the town.

According to a release issued by SGPC publicity in-charge Harbhajan Singh Vakta, president of Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, Shillong, Gurjit Singh visited the SGPC head office on Tuesday and met senior vice-president Raghujit Singh Virk, junior vice-president Harpal Singh Jallah, chief secretary Roop Singh and Bedi. He said the situation was still critical for Sikhs there.

“Gurjit said the erstwhile king had given Sikhs land on lease in Shillong. The Sikhs requested the government to register the land on their name, but only Guru Nanak Darbar and Guru Nanak School have been allotted the land. Now, the state government has constituted a high-level committee with an intention to displace Sikhs from the land. He appealed to the Punjab-based Sikhs and the SGPC to come to their rescue,” reads the release.

Bedi said SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal has assured the Shillong Sikhs of every help. He said soon they would send a delegation that would also take up the issue with the Meghalaya government and the Shillong administration.

“The SGPC has already given a financial aid of Rs 25 lakh to the Shillong gurdwara and would also extend legal aid to them. As per Sikhs of Shillong, more than Rs 2 crore have been spent on the building of Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar. However, the work has not been completed yet. The matter will be part of discussion in next meeting of executive committee of the SGPC,” said Bedi.

First Published: Jul 17, 2018 21:27 IST