– 550th Guru Nanak’s Birth Anniversary: Punjab government announces to refurbish Sultanpur Lodhi

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh-Panjab-India, 17 June 2017. The Congress led Punjab government on June 15 announced to refurbish Sultanpur Lodhi town in the wake of upcoming 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh made this announcement in the Punjab assembly while answering to MLA Navtej Singh Cheema’s query seeking construction of a new guest house in Sultanpur Lodhi during the question hour.

He announced that the basic infrastructure of Sultanpur Lodhi town will refurbished in the wake of upcoming 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019.

Replying to another question, Captain Amarinder Singh said that the Punjab government was going to issue a white paper on the state’s financial crisis due to misrule in Punjab SAD-BJP led government in last 10 years.

Answering a query pertaining to shortage of manpower in Health Department of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh said that not only Punjab instead every department was facing shortage of manpower as the Punjab government lacks sufficient funds.

In Sultanpur Lodhi, Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent more than 14 years and in 1497 Guru Sahib disappeared in holy Rivulet (Kali Bein) flowing along the North end of the city and then re-appeared after three days with the teaching of “na koi hindu, na koi muslman” (no one is Hindu, no one is Muslim) which led to the birth of a new religion, Sikhi.


The Tribune – ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ organisers detained

One-hundred-ninety in preventive custody, Acting Akal Takht ‘Jathedar’ Mand arrested in Ferozepur

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, 6 November 2016. The Punjab Government today denied permission for organising the second ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda on November 10.

In a related development, it intensified the crackdown against the organisers by taking 190 persons in preventive custody, while detaining hundreds of others.

Those arrested include Dhian Singh Mand, who was appointed acting “Jathedar” of Akal Takht at the last ‘Sarbat Khalsa’; he was arrested from Ferozepur.

Gopal Singh Sidhu, SAD (Amritsar) general secretary and spokesperson, claimed 1,561 persons had been detained or arrested since midnight. “Almost all office-bearers of our party, apart from other supporting groups, have been put in jail,” he said.

Hardeep Singh Dhillon, DGP (Law and Order), said the number of preventive arrests was 190 till today evening. “The arrests were made to thwart any attempt of breach of peace, as the government has not given permission to organise Sarbat Khalsa.”

A government spokesperson said, “Last year, they (‘Sarbat Khalsa’ organisers) were given permission. But what was the fall out? They indulged in seditious activities. The government has denied permission this time because of the past year’s experience.”

Another reason for denying permission, he said, was that the SAD (Amritsar) claimed to be the organiser of the event. “How can a political party organise the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’? It is the Sikh Sangat that calls the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’.”

Tents removed

The government removed tents and other structures at the 63-acre venue for the congregation. The ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ is scheduled at a private land near Talwandi Sabo.

Mann gives police the slip

Bathinda: Several prominent Sikh leaders, including Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann and main organiser of the event Gurdip Singh Bathinda, managed to give police the slip; they have gone into hiding.

They have reportedly shifted their base to Haryana and moved the HC, seeking permission for organising the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’. Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal has shifted base to Haryana.