Amritsar Sahib—Sangat Trust UK has demanded that the Police, Civil administration and Punjab Government round up the thugs of Radhasoami Satsang Beas who brutalized a reporter and cameraman of Sangat TV (UK) on the evening of July 28, 2012 at village Jodhan, Punjab. The reporter was at Jodhan to cover the destruction of land belonging to local village residents.
Sikh24 was told that Baljeet Singh, reporter of Sangat TV was talking to local village residents, when he was violently attacked by a mob of Radhasoamis. Baljeet Singh was in process of gathering information for a show titled “Qaumi Masle” for the Sangat TV depicting how Radhasoamis are forcing local villagers to sell their land.
It is notable that on May 18, 2008, two journalists, Davinder Singh Bhangu of Punjabi Tribune newspaper and Rajinder Rikhi of Dainik Bhaskar newspaper, were seriously attacked by Radhasoamis for no specific reason. Davinder Singh Bhangu was thrown into 35-40 foot deep well, whereas Rajinder Rikhi was abducted. As per allegations, Rikhi was badly beaten by Radhasoamis inside the Dera.
Local media has taken serious note of this weekend’s incident. Senior reporters from Rayya, a neighbouring town of Beas, extended their support and helped the Sangat TV crew in launching a complaint with the police. A conference was organized by reporters from Rayya today in Jalandhar where the incident was condemned. Sangat TV also issued a press release at the conference. Randhir Singh, a trustee of Sangat Trust, condemned the incident and called this a grave attack on the freedom of press and rallied for collective support from all the sections of media in Punjab. The press release can be found at this link.
The Radhasoami Dera has been in the limelight for the past few weeks for its role in destroying a local Gurdwara in the nearby Waraich village. Sikh organisations, namely The Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee led by Bhai Balbir Singh Mucchal, The Dal Khalsa and Damdami Taksal (Ajnala) have come out to lead the movement against the illegal activities of the dera. The Punjab Police and Government have promised a timely inquiry but no progress has been made as of yet.
The case has now taken an interesting turn as the attack on the Sikh journalist took place shortly after the Akal Takht had given a “clean chit” (all clear) to the the dera followers. It is believed that the appointed Jathedar succumbed to pressure from Parkash Badal and the Majithia family, who have close ties with Radhasoami Cult leader Gurinder “Singh.” Bikramjit Majithia, brother-in-law of Sukhbir Badal, is married to the daughter of Gurinder “Singh,” the current leader of the Radhasoamis.