CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Uttranchal Police on Thursday arrested more than 100 Sikh devotees who came from different states of India, when they were going to ‘Har Ki Pauri Haridwar’ in groups to celebrate Parkash Gurpurb (birth anniverssary) of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The police arrested the first group at 4.00 A.M. near Jawalapur vegetable market here. The jatha comprised 27 members of All India Sikh Conference (AISC).
While talking on the phone, AISC president Gurcharan Singh Babbar said that the Jatha planned to do Kirtan at ‘Har Ki Pauri’ at first and take the land of Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib under its possession. He said members of the Jatha had been detained by police.
It is pertinent to mention that during the Sikh genocide in the first week of November 1984, anti-Sikh elements demolished the Gurdwara following which shops and bathrooms were constructed there. He informed that the police had detained more than 100 Sikhs unjustifiably in villages Dinapur Dadi, Kaithal Saddepur, Bukanpur, Barhiwala, Badhola farm of Haridwar and Muzafarnagar districts.
He said that they were struggling for ensuring reconstruction of the historical shrine for a long time after taking over the permises, but the Uttranchal government kept on arresting struggling Sikhs again and again. He urged Prime minister Narendra Modi to get the shrine handed over to the Sikh nation.
All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) president Bhai Karnail Singh Peermohammad made an appeal to Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Punjab government, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and other Panthik organiation to break their silence on the vital issue. He said that the celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev ji would be sensible only when we get this shrine freed.