Jalandhar,Punjab: Following the ugly clash at Gurdwara Rakabganj on November 15, some prominent Sikh personalities and organizations have formed a peace committee as there are apprehensions that violent brawl can take place in the coming days, especially on Gurpurabs and Nagar Kirtan days. Representatives of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Paramjit Singh Sarna-led SAD (Delhi) have also been included in the peace committee.
Supreme Court senior advocate H S Phoolka said a number of meetings were held by various Sikh organizations initiated by the Sikh Forum to discuss the unfortunate incident of violence at Gurdwara Rakabganj. This incident had not only amount to desecration of Gurdwara Sahib, it has also lowered the image of the Sikh community in the whole world.
“The most disturbing part is the likelihood of this kind of violence continuing in future. According to intelligence reports there is a likelihood of violent incidents during Nagar Kirtan on November 24 and 27 and also during the congregation on both Gurpurabs of Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Nanak Dev on November 25 and 28, respectively.
“There was general refrain among devotees that something should be done by the sangat to stop violence,” Phoolka disclosed. The peace committee would speak to both the sides urging them to pursue their political fights without resorting to violence.
The five-member peace committee includes former PGI director and noted Sikh author Dr J S Neki, prominent Punjabi writer Ajeet Caur, former CBI director Joginder Singh, political science professor at IGNOU Dr Amarjit Singh Narang and advocate Phoolka. The two nominees of the Sarna group include Bhajan Singh Walia and Tarsem Singh while the nominees of the Badal group are Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Harmeet Singh Kalkaji.
Phoolka said a ‘candle light vigil’ would also be held at the spot of the violence that is Gurdwara Rakabganj on Friday at 5pm. The peace committee has started working and interacting with both the groups, Phoolka said.