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Monday, May 21, 2007

Punjab The Latest as it comes - News

The sevadars of the blog don't agree with this 'hardliner' term this is being used for people who have love for the panth and want something done against these pakhandi babe. I remind the sangat that the article below is a news article and may be biased. I do not agree with the term 'hardliners'.

Sikh hardliners plan to form suicide squads

21 May, 2007

Reports from Sirsa suggested security of the Dera has been increased. Followers have responded to the clergy's demand by announcing blood donation camps apart from refusing to vacate the deras. Though Dera followers are gripped by panic, the sect continued to send peace signals. Meanwhile, hardliners like Simranjit Singh Mann's Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Khalsa Panchayat and Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle groups along with 11 other Sikh organisations, in a meeting at Muktsar on Sunday, decided to form suicide squads to close down the deras of Sacha Sauda and stop the activities of the its followers. Mandhir Singh, spokesman of the Sikh bodies, said that the suicide squad (marjivade) would carry on the task of uprooting all Sacha Sauda deras in Punjab. At another meeting held in Amritsar to decide on the three-day ultimatum given on the Dera issue, the five Sikh high priests gave a bandh call for May 22 apart from staging a protest march from Fatehgarh Sahib to the governor of Punjab. This was disclosed by Akal Takht Jatheder Joginder Singh Vedanti after the meeting at Amritsar. The decision of the clergy did not win favour from the extremist elements, who rejected what these "soft measures" and left the meeting for Gurdwara Manji Sahib, brandishing swords and raising slogans. Apparently timing the action to assuage the feelings of Sikhs ahead of the crucial meeting at Amritsar, the Punjab government earlier in the day registered an FIR under Section 295A of IPC against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief at Bathinda for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Sikhs by wearing clothes similar to Guru Gobind Singh. The case has been registered in the Kotwali Police Station of Bathinda on the complaint of Khalsa Diwan Rajinder Singh. The high priests' meeting also witnessed an attack on television crews when they tried to film an armed policeman in civil dress being detected by activists of a radical organisation. A few cameramen and photographers were manhandled and chased by the hardliners. While section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in Amritsar, a security ring around deras in Punjab has been thrown by the government. In a late evening meeting, the government decided to ensure peace during the bandh on Tuesday. A government spokesman said they felt a bit relieved as the Akal Takht Jatheder had kept appealing for peace.

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