Kanwaljit’s bhog passes off peacefully
Tribune News Service
Though the bhog ceremony of Kanwaljit Singh (who died in firing near a dera at Sunam) today passed off peacefully at Gurdwara Nankiana Sahib, near here, the hardliners later gheraoed the Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib outside the gurdwara and protested against the Jathedars of the Takhts and the Badal government.
Soon after the conclusion of the main function when almost all religious dignitaries and political leaders had left the stage certain hardliners took control of the stage and started addressing the people, seeking reply from the jathedars of the Takhts why they had not given any concrete programme to the Sikhs as the Sacha Sauda sect has not vacated its deras as per the ultimatum given by Akal Takht. The gathering also raised slogans against Badal.
Later a group of hardliners, who did not agree with the peace programme of the jathedars, gheraoed the vehicle of the Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Giani Tarlochan Singh, outside Gurdwara Nankiana Sahib and also had a heated argument with him. However, the police managed to take him to a safer place. The protesters continued their protests for about an hour in front of the gurdwara.
President of the SGPC Avtar Singh announced that a photograph of Kanwaljit Singh would be placed in the SGPC museum in Amritsar. Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Tarlochan Singh, Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh, head of Damdami Taksal Harnam Singh Dhumma, Sant Daler Singh Kherri Sahib Wale and Sant Nihal Singh Harian Belan Wale, a leader of the Nihangs, also paid tributes to Kanwaljit Singh. They also appealed to the people to maintain peace and follow the path shown by Akal Takht Sahib in this hour of crisis.
On behalf of the SGPC, Jathedar Avtar Singh presented a siropa and a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to Parminder Kaur, widow of Kanwaljit. On behalf of the Punjab government a cheque of Rs 5 lakh was also handed over by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, to the family, while the Rs 11 lakh was announced by Sukhbir Singh Badal. Head of Damdami Taksal Harnam Singh honoured Kanwaljit’s wife and father Bant Singh with gold medals. Lakhs of rupees were also given to the family by many individuals and institutions on the occasion.