Akal Takht Jathedar declines govt safety, SGPC deploys males
AMRITSAR: After the Punjab authorities withdrew half of his safety cowl, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Saturday mentioned he requested his workplace to ship the remaining safety personnel to the federal government as he “doesn’t want” them.
On the identical time, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) deployed its armed males within the safety of the jathedar, who this week requested Sikhs to maintain a licensed weapon in view of the “unsure instances”.
In an order, the federal government withdrew or curtailed the safety of 424 VIPs within the state. They largely embody former legislators, heads of assorted “deras” and cops.
The top of Akal Takht, the very best temporal seat of the Sikhs, is amongst them.
Trying on the sensitivity of the case, the federal government later restored his safety however he declined.
Giani Harpreet Singh had a safety cowl of six police personnel. Three have been withdrawn after the order.
Responding to the withdrawal of safety, the jathedar mentioned: “I do not want the safety. “Khalsa Panth and the Sikh youths are there for our safety.”
“After the controversy, the Punjab authorities restored the safety of the Akal Takht jathedar. Nonetheless, the jathedar is adamant on his determination and refused to take the federal government safety,” an official with the SGPC mentioned.
He mentioned on the route of SGPC chief Harjinder Singh Dhami, 4 SGPC workers have been deployed to protect Giani Harpreet Singh.
The safety of Giani Raghbir Singh, Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib; Sant Niranjan Dass, chief of Dera Sachkhand Ballan in Jalandhar; Satguru Udhay Singh Namdhari, Bhaini Sahib, Ludhiana; Giani Jagtar Singh, head granthi at Golden Temple in Amritsar; Baba Lakha Singh, Gurdwara Nanaksar Kaleran Wale, Jagraon; and Sant Tarminder Singh, dera chief of Kahna Dhesian in Goraya in Jalandhar, has additionally been withdrawn.
The safety of these which have been curtailed embody heads of Dera Radha Soami Satsang in Beas; Dera Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan in Noormahal, and Shahi Imam Punjab, Mohammad Usman Ludhianvi.
In a video message to the Sikh group on Might 23, the Akal Takht jathedar had mentioned: “Each Sikh ought to attempt to maintain licensed weapons, as a result of the time that’s coming, and the circumstances that are going to prevail, demand it. The Sikh youth needs to be skilful in gatka (Sikh martial artwork) and taking pictures.”