BATHINDA, Punjab—In direct confrontation of Sri Akal Takht Sahib’s edict issued in 2007 against Dera Sacha Sauda, senior members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) visited the dera on January 26 to seek its blessings and votes. Dera Sacha Sauda, based out of Sirsa, Haryana, is an anti-Sikh cult whose chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim is facing charges of rape and murder, and is currently undergoing investigations by the CBI.
Pictures have surfaced of Akali leaders, including its candidate Parminder Dhindsa from Lehragaga and Cabinet Minister Surjit Rakhra who is contesting elections from Samana.
Their visit coincided with the birth anniversary of Sirsa Cult’s former chief Shah Satnam on January 26.
While Sacha Sauda cult chief was pardoned by SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh in September 2015, Sikh community has continued to have sour relations with cult followers. Involvement of cult followers was alleged behind the theft of Guru Granth Sahib’s saroop from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala in 2015. In addition, one of the victims of beadbi cases named Balwinder Kaur was a follower of the Sirsa cult.
Cult leaders are also responsible for killing of two innocent Sikh youth in 2008, after the Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim mimicked Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s attire and carried out his own amrit sanchaar, akin to Vaisakhi in 1699 when Guru Sahib blessed the Punj Piare with amrit.