Amritsar, Punjab: Despite objections from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), various Sikh Jathebandia raised panthic slogans at the conclusion of a ‘bhog’ ceremony of Bhai Dilawar Singh — the person who killed mass murderer CM Beant Singh on August 31, 1995 outside the Civil Secretariat at Chandigarh.
As soon as the bhog ceremony concluded at the Akal Takht, sangat raised Khalistan slogans. SGPC paid employees present on the occasion desperately pleaded them not to raise slogans, but to no avail. However, the sloganeering was brief and as always peaceful. The ceremony was organised at the instance of the parents of Dilawar Singh.
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh stayed away from the ceremony so did SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar and his senior officials. The ceremony was attended by activists of the Dal Khalsa, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and hundreds of young youths, who were not aligned to any group. The SGPC had made elaborate security arrangements, as it did not want another repeat of the unsavory happenings that had occurred during the Operation Bluestar anniversary on June 6.
At the end of the ceremony, the brother of Dilawar Singh was honoured with a ‘siropa’ (robe of honour) by Giani Jagtar Singh, head granthi of Harmandir Sahib. SGPC Task Force did manage to suppress the freedom of speech by not allowing any speeches on the occasion.