Gurdwara demolition: Akal Takht gives clean chit to sect

Last Updated: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 22:17

Amritsar: Giving a clean chit to followers of Dera Radha Soami sect, Sikh temporal body, the Akal Takht, on Sunday stated the community had not indulged in any blasphemous act in demolition of a gurdwara in Punjab`s Warrich village.

Members of Sikh community had alleged that followers of Radha Soami Sect Beas had demolished an old gurdwara on a plot owned by them at Warrach village in Beas area of Amritsar district, following which SGPC set up a three-member panel to investigate the matter.

Talking to reporters here today, Jathedar Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh said the SGPC fact finding committee revealed that the Gurdwara on the disputed site and Sikh holy book `Guru Granth Sahib` had been shifted long ago and recitation of Guru Granth too had stopped at the Sikh temple.

Jathedar further said that the complaint filed before the Akal Takht was in regard to sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and not in reference to the the demolition of the Gurdwara.

Gurbachan Singh asked all Sikh organisations to stop their protests and said strict action will be taken against those who don`t adhere to the decision.

Members of Sikh community and followers of Radha Soami Sect Beas were at loggerheads over a disputed land that belonged to Warrach panchayat and was allegedly sold to Dera Radha Soami Sect without obtaining the mandatory approval from Director Panchayats of Punjab Government.

Tension mounted further after members of Dera Radha Soami sect allegedly destroyed a section of the one-room gurudwara existing on the land.

To resolve the dispute, the Akal Takht had directed the SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar to form a three-member committee to investigate into the matter and submit its report.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 22:16

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