– Protests continue after RSS leader is shot dead in Ludhiana

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Ludhiana, 19 October 2017. Punjab. Following the murder of Rashtiya Swamsewak Sangh leader Ravindra Gosain, Hindu outfits are out to protest and seek arrest of the culprits. Gosain was was reportedly shot dead in Ludhiana in the morning hours of October 17 by two masked bike riders.

The incident occurred at around 07:30 AM outside the house of victim leader in Gagandeep Colony, which falls under jurisdiction of Police station Basti Jodhewal.

As per police investigations, two masked bike riders called the victim leader Ravinder Gosain to look at them and fired at point blank range as soon as the victim paid attention.

The victim died on spot and the bike riders ran away. Police has claimed that the bike used during the murder has been found, however, further details have not been disclosed.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to probe the murder. The Police have taken over the CCTV footage of the area nearby to site of incident. It has come to the fore that the assailants were chasing Ravinder Gosain from 06:15 AM but couldn’t target him at his venue of daily practice.

Sikh24 has also learnt that there was a dispute ongoing among the RSS activists over conduction of daily classes for children in Park of concerned area in the evening. The Police have also started probing the case from this perspective.

RSS had supported the Congress in the recently held elections in Punjab. This move sent shockwaves as RSS has been a supporter of the BJP. Some RSS members have pointed fingers at the BJP on social media for continued attacks on RSS leaders in Punjab.

The Police have claimed that the fourth attack on the RSS in the past more than one-and-a-half years points to a pattern to single out the Hindu organization. “It is too much of a coincidence, though the police are probing a personal angle to each attack,” a senior officer said.

He added that Ravinder Gosain was killed on the day Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state. This means the assailants want to give out a message.

In January 2016, Naresh Kumar, an RSS leader, was injured in an attack in Ludhiana, while an RSS branch in Ludhiana’s Kidwai Nagar came under attack a few days later. In both cases, two motorcycle-borne youths had fired the shots. In August 2016, Brigadier V K Gagneja (Retd.), vice-president of the RSS Punjab unit, was also gunned down in Jalandhar.

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Advertisements – Sikh women jatha finally given permission to perform kirtan at Patna Sahib

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Patna-Bihar-India, 17 October 2017. In a revolutionary development on October 17, the Management Committee of Takht Sri Patna Sahib permitted baptized Sikh women to perform Kirtan inside Takht Sri Patna Sahib.

Notably, Takht Sri Patna Sahib is fifth Sikh throne and birthplace of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

On being contacted by Sikh24 earlier today, newly elected President of Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Committee S Harwinder Singh Sarna informed that a Kirtani jatha of Sikh women performed Kirtan of Asa Ki War on October 16.

“We had elaborate discussions on the issue and while Sikh women have not performed kirtan here in decades, we decided to allow the Sikh women to do kirtan seva,” said Sarna. Patna Sahib has no further booking by Sikh women Jathas, however they are willing to allow women to do seva going further.

It is pertinent to note here that the right to perform Kirtan inside sacred Sikh shrines for Sikh women is being demanded from long time. Currently, Sikh women are not allowed to do kirtan at Harmandr Sahib either.

During the tenure of Bibi Jagir Kaur as an SGPC President, she had made some efforts to get this right for Sikh women even inside the sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandr Sahib but the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars had not accepted the demand at that time. – Giani Pinderpal Singh Receives Special Honour at Manji Sahib

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Amritsar-Panjab-India, 14 October 2017. Renowned Sikh preacher Giani Pinderpal Singh received a special honour on October 13 by the SGPC. The recognition was made by SGPC Secretary Dr Roop Singh and other officials for Giani Ji’s contributions to raising awareness of Gurbani within Sikh masses.

This recognition was bestowed to Giani Pinderpal Singh for also narrating religious discourses from October 5 onwards to Sikh devotees at Gurdwara Diwan Hall Manji Sahib.

SGPC Secretary Dr Roop Singh said on this occasion that Giani Pinderpal Singh was performing a precious act of encouraging devotees towards Sikhi.

He added that the SGPC was committed to honour such Sikh personalities who have dedicated their lives for Sikhi parchar. On behalf of SGPC, he specially thanked Giani Pinderpal Singh on this occasion.

SGPC member S Ajmer Singh Khera, Additional Head Granthi of Sri Harmandir Sahib Giani Jagtar Singh, SGPC Secretary Dr Roop Singh, Manager of Sri Harmandir Sahib S Sulakhan Singh Bhangali, Bhai Harmittar Singh etc. were present on this occasion.

Earlier, Giani Pinderpal Singh was bestowed the title of ‘Bhai Sahib’ by the Akal Takht Sahib in 2013. – Shiv Sena leaders booked for faking threats from Sikh activists

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Ludhiana-Panjab-India, 12 October 2017. Ludhiana Police have arrested six persons including two senior Shiv Sena leaders for lodging false complaints of being threatened by Sikh militant groups.

The arrested persons have been identified as Shiv Sena leaders Sanchit Malhotra, Rohit Saini, Maninder Singh, Prem Sagar, Gurpreet Singh and Baljit Singh.

Interacting with media on October 11, the Ludhiana Police Commissioner R N Dhoke informed that Shiv Sena leader Sanchit Malhotra had moved a complaint on August 22 that he was being threatened by some Sikh militant groups.

Dhoke further informed that the Shiv Sena leader had claimed in the complaint two Sikh militants posted some threatening posters in his home and also sent him threatening text messages. Dhoke said that he had directed the ADCP City-1 for probing the matter.

Police Commissioner R N Dhoke said that during probe it has come to fore that the Shiv Sena leaders Sanchit Malhotra and Rohit Saini had orchestrated this fake episode by using a fake Mobile SIM purchased from a vendor.

He further added that Sanchit Malhotra had used his accomplices to throw threatening posters in his home who were made to wear turbans so that no one could identify them. “The culprits have been indicted under sections 420/ 177/ 182/ 153-A/ 193/ 120-B of Indian Penal Code” added Dhoke. – Sikh Anand Marriage Act Implemented in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram

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New Delhi, 11 October 2017. The state governments of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram have implemented the Anand Marriage Act. Earlier, this act was unavailable to 6 states within India outside of Punjab. With efforts of the Delhi Shiromani Gurdwara Management Committee, other State Governments have given recognition to this act.

Other states outside of Punjab where the act is implemented includes Haryana, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa and Meghalaya.

Speaking with Sikh24, DSGMC General Secretary Manjinder Sirsa informed that he has been told by the Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor that the Delhi state government might also implement the Sikh Anand Marriage Act in upcoming days.

In 2012, India had passed the Anand Marriage (Amendment) Bill, after which Sikhs are able to register their marriages under the Anand Marriage Act instead of the Hindu Marriage Act, with President Pratibha Patil giving her assent to a bill passed by Parliament on 7 June 2012 in the budget session.

Sirsa further informed that he is in touch with state governments of Bihar and Uttarakhand in this concern and now he has received official confirmation from these states about ongoing process to implement Anand Marriage Act.

He further told Sikh24 that with the implementation of the act in these states, Sikhs residing there can get their marriages registered under this act. He added that this will be especially helpful to those Sikhs who travel abroad as earlier they had to face a lot of problems because of non-registration of their marriages. – 483rd Parkash Anniversary of Sri Guru Ram Das Ji observed with fervor at Harmandr Sahib

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Amritsar-Panjab-India, 9 October 2017. Guru Ram Das Ji’s 483rd birth anniversary was celebrated with great zealousness by the Sikh masses on October 7. Masses of Sikh devotees paid obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandr Sahib on this day to receive blessings of Guru Sahib.

Special manifestation of Sikh artifacts was held inside the sanctum sanctorum and Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai Ji situated within the Sri Harmandir Sahib complex.

Following the culmination of Sri Akhand Path Sahib at Gurdwara Diwan Hall Manji Sahib, renowned Raagi Jathas, Dhadis and Kavishar addressed the religious discourse to devotees.

Beautification of sanctum sanctorum with imported flowers and special hi-tech lighting system remained centre of attraction for Sikh devotees. To avoid pollution caused by fire-crackers, LED lighting was held in the evening this time.

Thanking the worldwide Sikh devotees for manifesting appreciable enthusiasm towards the birth anniversary celebrations, the SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar said that the Sikh religion was plaintiff of communal harmony and the intent of selfless service, recitation of Almighty Lord’s name have been given special place in it.

“Adopting the great values depicted by great Sikh masters in our lives is true devotion to our Gurus” he added. – Gurdaspur by-poll: Akali-BJP candidate Swaran Salaria accused of rape

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New Delhi-India, 6 October 2017. The by-poll for Gurdaspur parliamentary seat is proving fatal for the Akali-BJP alliance in Punjab. Few days after the dismissal of Sucha Langaah, Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP candidate Swaran Salaria has also been accused of rape by a woman.

Some objectionable photos of Salaria in intimate positions with the same woman have also gone viral over social media.

As per latest updates circling social media, the victim woman has moved a plea against Swaran Salaria in the Supreme Court of India claiming that Salaria physically abused her on the pretext of marriage.

The 45 years old complainant has claimed in the plea that Swaran Salaria exploited her physically for 32 years between 1982 and 2014 on the pretext of marrying her.

She has stated that in 2014, Salaria told her that he would not marry her. She has further claimed that Swaran Salaria initially kept her in a paying guest accommodation but later gave her a flat to live in.

BJP candidate Swaran Salaria is a Mumbai-based businessman. He has denied allegations levelled by the woman. Salaria has said that complainant was trying to tarnish his public image.

Meanwhile, the Congress has approached the Election Commission seeking cancellation of Swaran Salaria’s nomination. Congress leader and Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal has slammed the BJP and Sawarn Salaria for hiding the information about the criminal cases being faced by him in his nomination papers.

“We are submitting a complaint to the Election Officer besides the Election Commission. Swaran Salaria is already facing a case under IPC Sections 376, 420 and 306 besides the SC Act, which was registered on 15th of December 2014. His nomination should be cancelled immediately,” Manpreet Badal said. – Rape accused Langah surrenders after evading police for 5 days

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Gurdaspur-Panjab-India, 5 October 2017. Former senior SGPC member, Sucha Langaah, surrendered to a Gurdaspur court yesterday, amid protests by Sikh groups.

Langaah and his legal counsel arrived at the Gurdaspur court yesterday, and was taken into police custody to be held on remand for five days.

At the time of his arrival, around 50 activists from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee were protesting against him and also burnt his effigy.

Langaah complained he feared police torture would be inflicted on him, upon which, it was assured a full medical test would be conducted before any further action was taken.

He had earlier attempted to hand himself in at Chandigarh court but was refused, and told he must submit at Gurdaspur.

Langaah is accused of rape after a female constituent was taken advantage of when she came to Langaah for help. He coaxed her into an intimate relationship, despite being married, upon which the woman setup a hidden camera to record one of the sexual encounters, a video that since went viral on social media circles. – Langaah Sex Scandal: Further Developments

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Amritsar-Panjab-India, 3 October 2017. In relation to the FIR registered against senior Akali leader, Sucha Langaah raping a woman, the Gurdaspur police have now issued a lookout notice for him. Several states have been issued the notice to convey word if they see Langaah in their constituencies.

Meanwhile, sources have revealed that Langaah has moved a petition in the Punjab & Haryana High Court, seeking bail. The High Court’s registry unit has received the petition’s copy but the registry unit is still to clarify his objections and decide whether to conduct a hearing on this petition.

Sucha appeared before a Chandigarh court yesterday but he was re-directed to appear before the Gurdaspur Court.

The SGPC finally responded to the viral sex video tirade, when the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh announced he has called a meeting of SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars on October 5. He advises they are to deliberate on what action to taken against Langaah.

In the meantime, SGPC President Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar accepted the resignation of Langaah yesterday. – More than 3000 Sikhs Granted Access To Nankana Sahib

Nankana Sahib – Panjab – Pakistan

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Ferozepur-Panjab-India, 29 September 2017. More than 3000 Indian Sikhs have been granted a 10 days visa by the Pakistan government to celebrate the 548th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, at Nankana Sahib, in West Punjab, Pakistan.

These Sikh pilgrims will depart for Pakistan from Attari Railway Station on November 2.

According to information shared by the Bhai Mardana Memorial Kirtan Darbar Society, the Sikh pilgrims will be directly routed to Nankana Sahib, to Gurdwara Sacha Sauda. Then congregation will be routed towards Hasan Abdal to have a glimpse of Gurdwara Panja Sahib.

Following this, Sikh pilgrims will be brought to Lahore to visit Gurdwara Dehra Sahib. For the remainder of the visit, the Sikh pilgrims will also be allowed pay obeisance at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, Gurdwara Rodi Sahib, Bhai Lalo Di Khuhi (Aimnabad), returning back to India on November 11.

The President Harpal Singh Bhullar of the BMMKDS has appealed for 400 pilgrims to carry five plates and five glasses with ‘Gurdwara Nankana Sahib’ inscribed on it. He has further said that if any pilgrim would like to donate big utensils like cooking vessels or cauldrons then these can easily be transported in an open cabin of train.