SMETHWICK, UK—A meeting was called by some UK fringe groups on October 22, 2016 at Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick. The meeting was promoted and attended by Sangat TV trustee Randhir Singh Sidhu, Charan Singh Dharam Yudh Jatha, Satvinder Singh Jagowala and group, Jaswinder Singh Jassi ‘Shabeelwala’, International Panthik Dal amongst others from the Tividale Gurdwara.
The meeting was called in an effort to agree action against Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhandrianwale for allegedly attacking Darbar Sahib and attacking Gurbani. Various people gave their views, many for Ranjit Singh Dhandrianwala and others against him. Jagowale and International Panthik Dal members were seeking a country wide ban against Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala.
During the meeting, the Jagowale and Charan Singh Tividale were in first-time tension upon seeing the mass opposition support turnout to challenge their claims. Sangat TV trustee Randhir Singh Sidhu and Manjeet Singh Khanowala in particular angered the sangat when they started twisted words by Dhadrianwale. Sikh Sangat lashed out at these elements. Particularly, the links of Sangat Television (Official) trustee Randhir Singh Sidhu with ex-Jathedar Gurbachan Singh, Harnam Singh Dhumma of Mehta and close connection with the Badal Dal remained a serious concern for the sangat. Randhir Singh Sidhu had played a prominent role in organizing the meeting.
Along with these self-proclaimed leaders, several Sikh youth also attended the meeting. A young Gurikh bibi spoke in defence of Ranjit Singh Dhandrianwala and stated he is not speaking against Gurbani, but he is being targeted. She said the ones who need to go “pesh” are the ones who fired bullets on other Sikhs and said they would do it again (reference to the Harnam Singh Dhumma group). Immediately Paramjit Singh Dhadi and other members of the International Panthik Dal caused a huge fuss and begun shouting at the young Bibi, not allowing her to speak.
At this time, the majority of the sangat present decided to walk out of the meeting realizing the strings were being pulled from Punjab (Dhumma/Badal) through their UK connections who have now begun the infiltration process. Organizers were left embarrassed with no outcome and for now.
Sikh24 had earlier published an op/ed exposing the ties of Jagowale and International Panthik Dal with pro-RSS leaders in Punjab.