Security near Sikh shrines in Haryana beefed up

The Haryana government on Monday stepped up security around prominent Sikh shrines in the state in the wake of a call by a Sikh body to take control of their affairs on September 15.

Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Monday
stepped up security around prominent Sikh shrines in the state
in the wake of a call by a Sikh body to take control of their
affairs on September 15.

A body calling itself the Haryana Shiromani Gurudwara
Parbandhak Committee, which favours a parallel Sikh body in
the state on the lines of the SGPC, had given the call for
take over of the shrines.

The Amritsar-based SGPC, the statutory body controlling
affairs of Sikh shrines in the country, had strongly objected
to setting up of a separate body in Haryana.

Yesterday, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said any move
for setting up a parallel body to manage Sikh shrines in
Haryana was not acceptable.

"We will not tolerate any attempt to take over affairs
of gurudwaras in Haryana.

"If anybody tries to take over control of the shrines
by violating the SGPC Act, we will file an FIR against him,"
he had told reporters at Yamunanagar.

In view of the call given by chief of the Sikh body
Jagdish Singh Jhinda to take over shrines on Wednesday, the
the state government had beefed up security, officials said.

The authorities had also promulgated section 144 of the
CrPC banning assembly of five or more persons near the Sikh
shrines.

Jhinda said the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government had
assured to set up a separate body for managing affairs of
Sikh shrines in Haryana.

But, it was yet to fulfil its promise, he lamented.
The state government had set up a committee on the
issue which had already submitted its report.

A number of Sikhs in Haryana are demanding a separate
body alleging they were not given due share of SGPC funds.

PTI

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