AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—Giani Gurbachan Singh, the SGPC appointed Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib faced opposition while addressing the Sikh Sangat on the anniversary of June 1984 Ghallughara program. Giani Gurbachan Singh had just started speaking shortly after hukamnama was taken today morning at Sri Akal Takht Sahib when the Sikh Sangat present there raised slogans in support of an independent Sikh state.
Giani Gurbachan Singh tried to continue speaking, however his speech was drowned out with echoes of “Khalistan Zindabad”. Sikh Sangat also raised anti-Badal slogans however the SGPC Task Force practised restraint and despite the slogans, the atmosphere remained peaceful.
Heavy security arrangements were made by the SGPC and the city police everywhere. Sikh Sangat was stopped at police barracks and questioned. Most however did not face any issues attending the June Ghallughara anniversary program at Sri Akal Takht Sahib.
While Bhai Dhian Singh Mand could not address the Sikh Sangat from Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Bhai Baljit Singh Daduwal was also arrested this morning by the Bathinda police along with 10 other Singhs. Bhai Bakshish Singh, Jathedar of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha was manhandled by the city police as he was accompanied by hundreds of Sikh youth wearing bana and holding Sri Sahibs. The SGPC had reports that Bhai Bakshish Singh may share a sandesh(edict) issued by Jathedar Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara.
Sikhs Activists Detained
Almost 15 activists supporting the Sikhs for Justice “Referendum 2020” movement were detained by the Amritsar police. These men were wearing “Sikh Referendum 2020” and Sant Bhindranwale t-shirts, and were holding banners in support of an independent Sikh state. via SIkh 24