The Tribune – SGPC, Akal Takht back Gurmehar Kaur

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, 1 March 2016. The SGPC and Akal Takht today came out in support of Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur. The 20-year-old student of Lady Shri Ram College recently invited the ire of a certain section of people for propagating India-Pakistan peace.

SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar said it was an unfortunate instance and a section of disgruntled elements should be subjected to harsh punishment for their inhuman approach. He said SGPC officials would soon meet her.

“People threatening the daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh, who laid down his life for the nation, should be liable to face stern legal action,” he said. Similar views were expressed by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.

‘Focus on studies’

Jalandhar: While it took much coaxing for the media to get Gurmehar Kaur to talk, when she did, she said precious little. Visibly apprehensive, while speaking to mediapersons gathered at her home on Wednesday, the 20-year-old said she was now just concentrating on her future and was thankful to all those who supported her.

“I don’t want to talk about the past. I am just concentrating on finishing my masters. I’m thankful to all those who have supported me,” said the DU student in her first outing after she withdrew from the campaign against the ABVP on Tuesday amid mounting pressure.

While she was accompanied by her mother and sister Bani, her mother kept telling the media not to ask her anything about the incidents of the past week.


The Tribune – Dera Row: SGPC to form probe panel

DSGMC wants action against Sikh leaders

GS Paul, Tribune News Service

Amritsar, 5 February 2017. A day after the Akal Takht announced to initiate action against the Sikh leaders who recently sought the support of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda for the Punjab elections, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) declared that it would form a committee to probe the matter.

SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar said, “As soon as we receive the official communication from the Akal Takht, we will set up a panel to identify the leaders who attended the dera congregation and ascertain their purpose of going there. As per the Akal Takht Jathedar’s directions, action would be taken on the basis of the probe report.”

Meanwhile, the SAD-backed Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has submitted a complaint with Akal Takht, seeking stern action as per Panthic maryada against the “erring” leaders. “A copy of the complaint has been sent to the SGPC,” said DSGMC chief Manjit Singh GK.

The Akal Takht Jathedar maintained that the 2007 ‘hukumnama’ against dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was intact, while ruling out the resumption of the sect’s ‘satsang’.

In the run-up to the Assembly elections, SAD leaders of nine constituencies of Bathinda and Mansa had attended a meeting of the dera’s religious wing.

Dal Khalsa chief H S Cheema and spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said, “For 72 hours, Giani Gurbachan Singh kept quiet. The moment voting was over, he made an announcement for a probe. This is nothing but an eyewash.”

They observed that the Sikh electorate had already given its verdict against the Akalis for their wrongdoings, including hobnobbing with the Sirsa dera.