Talwandi Sabo: Hardline Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal, who was appointed Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib during the previous Sarbat Khalsa held at Chabba village last year, on Tuesday took back the call for holding next Sarbat Khalsa, a congregation to discuss Sikh matters, which was otherwise scheduled for November 10 at Talwandi Sabo. He further gave a call for a gathering, not Sarbat Khalsa, at Budha Johar in Rajasthan to discuss some relevant issues on the same day. While making the announcement, Daduwal said that it was decided in the wake of government’s adamant attitude to foil the organising of the event at any cost.
It is pertinent to mention that Daduwal’s announcement came after the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann withdrew his petition which was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the instructions to the state of Punjab for allowing the congregation ‘Sarbat Khalsa.’ As Mann urged the court to allow him take the petition back, the bench considered the petition dismissed as withdrawn. It is also learnt that Mann was not happy with the gesture of Sarbat Khalsa Jathedars as they issued a press statement in which they termed Mann’s recent announcement to lodge protest atop the water reservoirs with also claiming that his party activists won’t mind setting themselves ablaze as uncalled for and appealed to the people to refrain from taking extreme steps.
Though differences between the organisers have not been public, the insiders informed that they had different viewpoints on various issues related to the arrangements of event. Despite all difference of opinions, all of the organisers were having common observation that the government was determined for not allowing the event to take place as the police crackdown on the radicals was disturbing them all.
Meanwhile, the state government had also summoned a company of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Talwandi Sabo and sealed the whole area to check the movement of people involved in organising Sarbat Khalsa. Numerous Sikhs including Sarbat Khalsa appointed acting Jathedar of Akal Takht Dhian Singh Mand were also detained a few days back.
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