Memorandum handed over to Amritsar DC for Punjab CM
Governments responsible for current situation of Punjab: Harjinder Singh Dhami
Amritsar, March 31:
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today held a protest march from Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib to Amritsar Deputy Commissioner (DC) office against the arrests of innocent youths in the case of Amritpal Singh and the comments made by the Punjab Chief Minister (CM) that has hurt the dignity and grace of Sri Akal Takht Sahib.
After the march, a memorandum written in the name of Punjab CM Bhagwant Singh Mann was also handed over to DC Amritsar. The protest march was led by SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami, while a large number of SGPC office-bearers, members, officers, employees, raagis, dhadi, and kavishar jathas and preachers participated in it. During the protest march which started from the plaza outside Sri Darbar Sahib, the SGPC members and employees chanted Satnam Waheguru and reached the local Kachehri Chowk, and staged a symbolic demonstration. From here, five SGPC members reached the DC office, where they handed over the memorandum to ADC Surinder Singh.
The memorandum addressed to Punjab CM demanded the immediate release of all the innocent youths arrested in the past few days and to revoke the National Security Act (NSA) imposed on the youths. The memorandum also criticized the unprincipled comments made by Punjab CM Bhagwant Singh Mann against the Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib. It was clearly said that the Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib represents the Sikh community, who has performed his duty well in view of the current situation in Punjab.
In the letter, Punjab CM has been advised to study and analyse the current situation very seriously and avoid going against the interests of Punjab. It is not right to arrest a large number of innocent youths under the guise of arresting Amritpal Singh.
With this phenomenon, a narrative is being created under a conspiracy against Sikhs in the country, which is not good for the Sikh community as well as Punjab. Through this letter, it was reminded that Punjab has always played a leading role in protecting India’s culture and protecting its borders. The concerns of Punjab are based on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s vision of right, truth, and the welfare of humanity. Sikhs have always made sacrifices for the country and during the freedom struggle these sacrifices were more than 80%. But after the independence of the country, the governments have always adopted a policy of ignorance towards the issues of Sikhs, due to which there is resentment within the Sikh community. It is not possible to lead as Punjab CM without understanding the concerns of Sikhs.
Speaking on this occasion, SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami said that the Punjab and Centre Governments are directly responsible for the current situation in Punjab. “Instead of understanding the ground reality, Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann is making low-level comments about the highest temporal authority of Sikhs, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, and its Jathedar Sahib. The dignity and leadership of Sri Akal Takht Sahib are not like that of any worldly throne, but it is theoretical and guided by the ideology blessed by Guru Sahib.” He said that a memorandum on the current situation has been sent to Punjab CM.
Present on this occasion included former SGPC Presidents Bhai Gobind Singh Longowal and Alwinder Singh Pakhoke, and SGPC members Bawa Singh Gumanpura,. Gurnam Singh Jassal, Surjit Singh Tugalwal, Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta, Surjit Singh Bhittewad, Bhagwant Singh Sialka, Bhai Ram Singh, Sarvan Singh Kular, Mangwinder Singh Khaparkheri, Harjap Singh Sultanwind, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhyasi, Gurbachan Singh Karmunwala, Khushwinder Singh Bhatia, Amarjit Singh Bandala, Jarnail Singh Dograwala, Amrik Singh Vichoa, Amarjit Singh Bhalaipur, Baba Tek Singh, Balwinder Singh Vain Puin, Bibi Gurpreet Kaur, Bibi Joginder Kaur, secretary Partap Singh, OSD Satbir Singh Dhami, additional secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, Balwinder Singh Kahlwan, Bijai Singh, Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, Gurmeet Singh Buttar, Manager Satnam Singh Mangasarai, assistant secretaries Tejinder Singh Padda, Gurcharan Singh Kuhala, Jaswinder Singh Jassi, Prof Sukhdev Singh, Shahbaz Singh, superintendent Malkeet Singh Beharwal, and a large number of SGPC staff.