July 30, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar (July 30,2012): Addressing the media at Amritsar on July 29, 2012 Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar of Akal Takhat, gave clean chit to administrators and followers of Dera Radha Swami, Beas for demolition of a Sikh Gurudwara Sahib in village Waraich.
Local Sikhs and many Sikh organizations had claimed that dera followers had demolished an old Gurdwara at Waraich village in Beas following which the SGPC had set up a three-member probe panel.
SGPC penal was considered to have been set up as per political directions of Badal clan that has close family relations with Dera head besides political interests in the dera. The penal was expected to relieve dera’s from the complexity of situation in which dera was gripped as Sikh organizations had launched series of protests against destruction of Gurudwara Sahib by Dera.
Giani Gurbachan Singh claimed that the committee members visited the site and held deliberations with local residents. It found that hardly any Sikh family was residing near the Gurdwara in question. Hence, it decided to shift the two “birs” of Guru Granth Sahib to Gurdwara Ramsar in Chhamb village according to the Sikh “maryada”.
The report said: “As residents of Waraich village have sold their properties and shifted to other places, it is not possible to manage the gurdwara affairs. Under the circumstances, shifting the Gurdwara is the right thing to do”. The Jathedar said no act of sacrilege had been committed in the village.
So, in an indirect way Giani Gurbachan Singh claimed that Radha Swami dera has restored the Maryada and respect of Gurudwara Sahib by demolishing the Sikh Gurudwara. Sikhs have expressed grief and disappointment of statement by Giani Gurbachan Singh.
“The disputed land belonging to the Warrach panchayat was allegedly sold to Dera Radhasoami without the mandatory approval from the Director, Panchayats” reports The Tribune (TT).
It is notable that Dera Beas has forced the neighbouring villages to sell their land to dera. A large portion of government road that circles around village Waraich has fallen into dera due to illegal land mining by dera. Similarly at Village Jodhan the dera is encroaching over the land of villagers in order to force them to sell their lands to dera by doing illegal mining near lands of village residents.
It is notable that on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 dera goons attacked crew members of Sangat TV (UK) who were talking to residents of Village Jodhan. Dera Radha Swami has a history of attacking media persons who attempt to expose misdeeds and land scams of dera. On May 18, 2008 two journalists Davinder Singh Bhangu of Punjabi Tribune newspaper and Rajinder Rikhi of Dainik Bhaskar newspapers were seriously attacked by Dera followers. Davinder Singh Bhangu was thrown into 35-40 feet deep dig, where as Rajinder Rikhi was abducted. He was badly beaten by dera followers inside the dera.
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Related Topics: Akal Takht Sahib, Anti-Sikh Deras, Attacks on Media, Radha Swami Dera Beas, Sangat TV, SGPC