Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Harjinder Singh Dhami on Thursday accused the Punjab government and the police of interfering in the arrangements being made by gurdwaras for Khalsa Sajna Diwas (Baisakhi).
Dhami said in a statement that there is resentment in the Sikh community due to the “unnecessary interference” of the state government and police administration when the community is celebrating ‘Khalsa Sajna Diwas’ on Friday as per “panthic” traditions.
The SGPC chief said arbitrary restrictions were being imposed on the Sangat (community) by the police, adding that the government’s action was “extremely bad” and cannot be tolerated.
He said, a large number of Sangat gather at Takht Kesgarh Sahib and Takht Damdama Sahib for Khalsa Sajna Diwas, but they are facing inconvenience due to unnecessary interference of police.
The SGPC chief said that an atmosphere of fear and terror is being deliberately created in the Sikh Sangat. “Policemen posted at gurdwaras are also pressurizing the managers to follow the instructions, which is unacceptable. This is a direct challenge to the Maryada (code of conduct) by the police,” said Dhami.
The SGPC chief said that the government should immediately withdraw the police from the gurdwaras. He appealed to the Sangat to ignore the police and pay obeisance at the Gurudwaras like every year. He said that if the government or the police harass the devotees, then they should complain to the managers of the Gurdwaras.