Dera, Sikh followers lock horns over pathLudhiana, August 26
Tribune News Service
Tribune News Service
Tension prevailed in the Model Town extension area after around 100 armed men of Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj Damdma Sahib and an equal number of followers of Dera Sat Kertar Das Ji locked horns over the performing of Sikh rituals at the dera late last evening.
One person sustained injuries after both groups pelted each other with stones. Sensing trouble, a heavy posse of police was deployed in the area.
Jaswinder Singh, head sewadar of the dera, said they, along with followers of Baba Shri Chand, had organised an akhand path of Guru Granth Sahib at the dera, to which Sikh organisations objected. He said they had got a formal permission for holding the akhand path from Akal Takht.
Sikh organisations, however, objected to the akhand path at the dera, which is situated on the roadside. The police effected a compromise between the two groups and it was decided that the akhand path would be held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha at Model Town extension.
This is the second such incident in the past three months. On May 24, around 20 armed men of Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj Damdma Sahib had attacked around 80 disciples of Dera Sacha Sauda at Sat Guru Nagar in the Shimlapuri area, leaving 12 injured.
It is true that this deredar obtained permission to hold Akhand Path Sahib at his dera from Sri Akal Takhat Sahib.And as Giani Gurbachan Singh is away on his foreign jaunt,Giani Iqbal Singh ,the maverick Jathedar has given "clean chit" to this dera despite the fact that there was a holy fire(dhoona) going on at this dera,and the pictures and idols as promised earlier were not removed. This pakhandi baba had the promised several times before to abide by the sikh rehat maryada only to violate it later on.The baba's goons had the audacity to seriously injure an amritdhari sikh Bhai Arvinder Singh Khalsa ,who was heading home after closing his shop and had just stopped to see what the hubbub was about.
This manmat is openly encoraged by our so called religious leaders who are only too happy to ignore their responsibilities to the sikh panth and the Shabad Guru so that they can please their political masters.These new mahants are blaming the dedicated sikhs for protecting and safeguarding the dignity of the Sikhs and for making sure that the Gurmat Principals are seldom violated. May God give them su-matt.
Satnam Singh Randhawa