AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—Addressing a press conference on May 5, SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar stated that the SGPC was fully prepared to tackle any untoward incident on June 6. Makkar was addressing the press conference after inauguration of special facilities at the Guru Arjan Dev Rest House of the Golden Temple Complex.
On June 6th of each year, on the anniversary of the Darbar Sahib invasion by Indian army, SGPC performs Ardas at Akal Takht Sahib. Families of the martyrs are also honored on this occasion by the SGPC. Two years ago on June 4, 2014, a clash took place at the Akal Takht Sahib complex, between the Sikh Sangat and the SGPC task force. The incident has led SGPC to provide elaborate security measures every year for June 6 gathering.
This year, SGPC is trying to avoid any possibility of clash as Giani Gurbachan Singh will be delivering a speech. Last year, during Bandi Chor Diwali celebrations, Sikh youth raised slogans and did not allow Giani Gurbachan Singh to speak. Instead, Sarbat Khalsa 2015 appointed interim Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib, Dhian Singh Mand addressed the sangat. Giani Gurbachan Singh was removed from the post of Akal Takht Sahib by Sarbat Khalsa 2015, however, he has continued to act as customary Jathedar appointed by the SGPC, which has altogether denounced Sarbat Khalsa 2015 gathering.
Speaking at conference, Makkar said that the SGPC officials have initiated efforts to make secure arrangements to control any untoward incident. He added that no room will be left for miscreants this year to create disturbance. “We appeal all the Sikh masses to respectfully pay homage to the martyrs on June 6 instead of creating any disturbances,” he added.
SGPC has ordered its Task Force to remain present throughout the day. It has also refused vacation to any SGPC Task Force members for June 6 gathering.
It is pertinent to note here that the announcement of erecting parallel Akal Takht Secretariat by Jathedar Dhian Singh Mand has put the SGPC into worry.
Additional Head Granthi Giani Jagtar Singh, Giani Ravel Singh, Baba Sukhwinder Singh, Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta, S. Surjit Singh, S. Gurinderpal Singh Gora, S. Bawa Singh Gumanpura, S. Diljeet Singh Bedi, S. Satinder Singh, S. Skattar Singh, Manager Sulakhan Singh etc. were also present on this occasion.