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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Punjab the latest - Deadline ends today!

Deadline on deras ends today

Tribune News Service

Security has been stepped up around all deras of Sacha Sauda in Punjab as the deadline given by Akal Takht for their closure ends tomorrow. Police patrolling has been intensified and all deras fortified. The Punjab government said that “law and order will be maintained and no one will be allowed to disrupt communal harmony, peace and order in the state.”
Tomorrow is also the bhog of Kanwaljit Singh, who was shot outside the Sunam dera on the day of the Sarbat Khalsa at Talwandi Sabo.
While review meetings were held by senior officials of both the Punjab and Haryana governments, serious efforts are still being made to bring about a last-minute settlement.
Harminder Singh Jassi, Congress MLA from Bathinda and relation of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, has been playing the role of a peacemaker.
Sources reveal that Jassi was part of the group that prepared the apology draft in consultation with the all-religion delegation. It was this draft which was the last communication sent from the all-religion delegation to the dera, but was never returned.
Reports suggested that besides senior officials of the Haryana government holding a series of meetings with dera officials in Sirsa throughout the day today, some political parties also joined to help work out a solution.
At the instance of BJP chief Rajnath Singh, the Haryana unit of the party also sent a delegation to the dera to impress upon Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh the need for avoiding confrontation by tendering an “unqualified apology”.

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