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Security up as hardliners announce protest against Akal Takht jathedar

November 07, 2018 07:58 AM


Surjit Singh surjit.singh@htlive.com ■
Security up as hardliners announce protest against Akal Takht jathedar

AMRITSAR : Sikh hardliners have decided to protest against newlyappointed Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh when he will deliver his annual ‘sandesh’ (message) on Bandi Chhod Diwas at the Golden Temple on Wednesday.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and local police have beefed up security in an around the shrine to prevent any untoward incident.

Giani Harpreet Singh was appointed as acting jathedar on October 22. The radicals have dubbed him a Badal appointee.

As per the tradition, the jathedar of the highest temporal seat of Sikhs addresses the community on Bandi Chhod Diwas from the first floor of darshani deodi — the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum. It will be Giani Harpreet Singh’s first ‘sandesh’ after taking over as jathedar.

His predecessor Giani Gurbachan Singh had faced a series of protests after the Takht granted pardon to Sirsa dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a blasphemy case in 2015. After a widespread outrage, the pardon was revoked. “We don’t recognise him (Giani Harpreet Singh) as jathedar. Our jathedar is Jagtar Singh Hawara, who was appointed by Sarbat Khalsa. In his absence, Dhian Singh Mand is the acting jathedar,” said radical leader Jarnail Singh Sakhira who is supporter of Mand.

However, radical outfit Dal Khalsa said it won’t join the protesters this time. “We used to protest against Giani Gurbachan Singh as he committed a blunder by pardoning the dera chief. Though we don’t recognise Giani Harpreet Singh as jathedar, we will not protest against him as he has not taken any objectionable decision yet”, said Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh.

Mand said he would deliver his ‘sandesh’ from Bargari village in Faridkot where he is leading an indefinite protest over sacrilege incidents. SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh said the devotees will only be allowed to enter the shrine after proper checking of their belongings.

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