Chandigarh: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar on Tuesday cautioned Sikhs against the designs of some forces bent upon vitiating peace in the state.
He said being president of the SGPC, he was highly concerned over the situation as the image of the Sikhs was being dented.
The SGPC chief said the situation demanded that sentiments be "controlled and restrain observed".
Makkar said the situation was disturbed and the Sikh sentiments had been hurt due to the activities of some "anti-Panthic elements" who desecrated Guru Granth Sahib at several places in the state.
"No Sikh could tolerate it. The SGPC shared the same feelings of hurt and anger," he said.
He said they were Sikhs first and then employees or members of the SGPC.
Makkar appealed to the Sikhs against manhandling of SGPC members as they were their elected representatives. He felt such actions might lead to divisions in the Sikh society.
He appealed to the Sikhs to ensure safety of shrines so that such antisocial elements could not succeed in their nefarious designs.