US sikhs question the logic of SGPC announcing probe panel
I P Singh, TNN | Aug 7, 2012, 08.40PM IST
JALANDHAR: NRI Sikhs and even some leaders of SGPC and Shiromani Akali Dal have been left wondering that SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar has announced to form a three member committee to "probe" the firing incident in Gurudwara in US which claimed life of six Sikhs.
"How can SGPC investigate something which happened in US when they don't have any recognition here. Does SGPC leadership think that they can question FBI or US police about it? Are they fooling the Sikhs or themselves with such gimmicks which are nothing but ridiculous," said Sandeep Singh Chahal, a US resident, who also runs a media outlet there for the community .
"We as US citizens have better authority than SGPC to questions or officials here. The police and government agencies are already working overtime to get to the bottom of the issue apart from reacting immediately. SGPC can't even ensure justice for Sikhs in Punjab then why should it rush to US to pretend anything like that," he said.
"We were astonished after reading the news that SGPC President Avatr Singh Makkar has announced that a three member panel would be visiting US to probe the incident. The SGPC enquiries even in Punjab are either not completed or remain under question marks for their fairness. It will be enough if they manage their affairs in Punjab. Even their enquiry in Waraich Gurudwara case has put Akal Takht Jathedar in dock and how can they claim to hold enquiry in US,' said Gurnal Singh Sandhar, a dellas based Sikh community leader.
Meanwhile interaction with some SGPC leaders revealed that they were also feeling embarrassed with the announcement. "None was consulted over the issue and we learnt about an enquiry panel and even English speaking capabilities of a one of its one or two members are under doubt," revealed a senior SGPC office bearer.
California based Dalwinder Singh Dhoot also questioned the announcement while holding that this was more a subject of ridicule than to be taken seriously.