Srinagar: Kashmir based Sikh activists on Saturday condemned the action of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on “peaceful protesters” in which dozens of people were “injured including women and children” and said that the organisation will face criticism from them when its members will come to Kashmir
SGPC is an organization based in Amritsar and is responsible for the management of gurdwaras, Sikh places of worship in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
Earlier on October 25, SGPC had got 50-60 Sikh activists booked for allegedly creating “ruckus and attacking the SGPC officials and staff members”.
On a complaint lodged by the SGPC, police later registered a case against the Sikh activists under Sections 307, 452, 148 and 149 of the IPC.
“The Sikh outfits, including Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee, SYBF have been protesting since September 14, seeking justice in the missing Saroops episode for which SGPC staffers were held guilty by a probe committee,” Angad Singh, a Kashmir based activist said.
According to Angad, in a meeting held in Srinagar, the members of social and religious organization Gurmat Taksal IGS JK took an oath that members will register a strong protest against SGPC.
The president of the Sangat, President Malkit Singh Babbar said that his party condemns the unfortunate clash and there’s no denying that Gobind Singh Longowal and the present leadership of the SGPC is against the protests.
Babbar said the cult knows that the SGPC and Akali Dal have been close to each other and even the leaders of the SGPC are chosen by the Akali Dal, adding that Akali Dal has always been anti-cult.
“It is really untoward that 328 Saroops of Guru Granth Sahib ji Maharaj have gone missing from the hub of Sikhism – Amritsar, Punjab,” he said.
He said that Sikhs have a complete right to question the SGPC about the missing Saroops and the body is answerable to the whole ‘Panth’.
“We can question body and even hold protests and but in all this, the law and order must be maintained,” he said.
As per Angad Singh, the Kashmir based Sikh activists boycott the SGPC until any favourable conclusion or decision is made and the culprits are punished.
In case, the SGPC remains adamant and fails to correct its mistakes, it will surely face strong opposition and criticism from the youth of JK, they activists said.
The activists added that “RSS/BJP led government of India is trying to be God of the Sikh nation”.
In future, if SGPC visits Kashmir, they will face a huge criticism from us, the group said.