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Punjab Crises

Posted by skraghav on May 21, 2007

Sikh leaders call for Dera boycott

Punjab Clashes Chandigarh, May 17: Parts of Punjab and Haryana continued to be tense for the fourth day on Thursday due to the stand-off between Sikhs and the Dera Sacha Sauda even as Sikh high priests called for a social boycott of the controversial religious group for allegedly insulting Guru Gobind Singh.

The five high priests, who met at Talwandi Sabo Gurdwara in Bhatinda, gave a 10-day ultimatum to the Punjab government to act against the Dera for its “anti-Sikh activities”. After this period, Sikhs would be “forced to act against the Dera”, they warned. The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), the apex religious body of Sikhs, was authorised to act to check the activities of the Dera and its followers in Punjab.

A large number of Sikhs from across Punjab, brandishing swords, rods, sticks and firearms, gathered at the gurdwara ahead of the meeting. Some of them who were dissatisfied with the decisions made by the priests fired in the air.

Case filed against Dera chief

Meerut, May 19: A case has been filed in a court in Meerut against Dera Saccha Sauda leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate M P Singh posted the matter for hearing on May 23.

The case was filed by one Gurdeep Singh who had accused the Dera chief of ‘injuring the feelings and sentiments of the Sikh community’.

Say sorry for your actions, Dera chief told

Chandigarh, May 19: Various Hindu organisations, including VHP and Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti, demanded that the head of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda apologise for having worn a dress similar to the one worn by 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.

Samiti general secretary Swami Hans Dass said at a press conference that various Hindu organisations had discussed the stand off between followers of the Dera and different Sikh organisations in Punjab at a meeting in Haridwar. These bodies felt that Dera Head Sant Gurmit Rahim Ram Singh had done wrong by wearing the dress and administering Amrit (nectar) to his followers hurting the sentiments of the Sikhs, he added.

He should not only apologise for his actions, which had hurt the Sikhs and people of other communities, but also assure that he would not repeat such an act in future, Dass said.

Canadian Sikhs upset over Dera chief’s dress

Toronto, May 19: Canadian Sikh community has expressed outrage over the controversial leader of a religious sect in India purportedly dressing up like Guru Gobind Singh.

Protests erupted in India five days ago after photos of Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, appeared in newspapers showing him dressed as Guru Gobind Singh, the Sikhs’ 10th Guru.

In Greater Vancouver and Toronto, callers to Punjabi-language radio stations have been expressing their outrage, and a forum has been organised at the Sukh Sagar temple in New Westminster.

“It affects everybody, like if a Christian is sitting in Canada, but the Vatican is in Rome, but I mean it’s going to affect a Christian sitting here also, isn’t it,” said Bikramjit Singh Sandhar from the Sukh Sagar temple.


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