AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—General Secretary of Management Committee governing Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara situated in Qadian (Distt. Gurdaspur) was excommunicated from Sikh community by the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars on October 13 for indulging in immoral activities. Notably, General Secretary Buta Singh was caught red handed in a compromising position with a woman by local residents on August 11.
On the other hand, President Master Johar Singh of the Gurdwara committee, has been declared “tankhaiah” (guilty of religious misconduct) and told to appear before Sri Akal Takht Sahib to explain why he had failed to turn up despite being summoned repeatedly.
While addressing the Hukamnama from the supreme Sikh throne Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said that the SGPC panel constituted to probe the incident had held Buta Singh guilty and fixed Johar Singh’s responsibility for failing to curb such activities. “The Takht Jathedars today decided to excommunicate Buta Singh. The Gurdwara committee has been dissolved and Master Johar Singh has suspended from all posts till he appears at Akal Takht and submits an apology,” he said.
Giani Gurbachan Singh said that the Gurdwara’s affairs would be run by the Nagar Panchayat in collaboration with local Sikhs till a new committee was constituted.
It is pertinent to note here that on October 4, the Sarbat Khalsa appointed Takht Jathedars had excommunicated Buta Singh for his immoral activities however Master Johar Singh was asked to appear before Sri Akal Takht Sahib on October 12.
On October 12, when Master Johar Singh had come to appear before Sarbat Khalsa appointed Jathedars at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, he was hindered by the SGPC from entering into sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandir Sahib. When Master Johar Singh told the parallel Takht Jathedars about the situation, he was asked to enter into sanctum sanctorum via gate situated on side of Mai Sewa Bazaar but he was barred there also. Later, the Sikh activists and SGPC task force employees indulged into a bloody clash resulting in injuring of men from both sides.
Despite of the fact that Master Johar Singh couldn’t turn up before Sarbat Khalsa appointed Takht Jathedars, he was asked to perform seva inside the sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandir Sahib for a week.
The clash between two factions of Sikhs drew a sharp criticism of common Sikh masses as the incident spread a wave of panic among common devotees at Sri Harmandir Sahib.