Clean chit to Dera Radha Swami Beas: Dal Khalsa expresses its disagreement
Published: July 31, 2012
Amritsar, Punjab (July 31, 2012): Dal Khalsa has expressed its disagreement with the issuance of clean chit to Dera Beas sect by the SGPC and Jathedar of the Akal Takht in the matter of demolition of Gurdwara structure in village Wariach near Beas.
The radical organization took exception over the contents of the report saying that it has so many lapses and lacunas and moreover it was prepared with a motive to provide shied to Dera Beas management.
In a statement, members of executive committee Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib and Sarbjit Singh Ghuman has strongly objected to harsh language used by the Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh in addressing the Panthic groups, who have been opposing the demolition of Gurdwara structure. It’s ironic that the instead of passing a stringent strictures against the culprits in order to stop re-occurrence of such incidents in future, Jathedar Akal Takht has castigated those who have devoted their whole lives to uphold the Sikh maryada and principles.
We fail to understand why Jathedar Akal Takht alone has shown hurry in releasing the report while he himself has publicly declared that the report would be discussed in the meet of Jathedars’ of Five Takhat’s scheduled for Aug 7. Ironically, the “sealed and secret” report reached the offices of select newspapers long time back.
They said when their local team visited the spot in the first week of June, the bir of Guru Granth Sahib was installed and Nishan Sahib was unfurling in the gurdwara. The bir and Nishan Sahib was removed few days after with an aim to demolish the structure, they claimed. They said the intentions of the management as well as village Panchayat were malafide and that is the point where the report is silence. Being a Sikh, the Sarpanch and Panchyat members were responsible for demolition and they need Akal Takht’s reprimand. The argument that since there was no Sikh population in the village hence the demolition of structure was justified holds no water. Had the situation arisen to this level, it was the prerogative of the Sikh Sangat of adjacent villages to decide and not the Panchayat or dera management.
Reacting to apology tendered by Dera Beas, they said deeds matters and not words. They alleged that like land mafia, the dera management is keeping an eye on the land of farmers in the adjacent area. “The dera is hell bent to acquire the land of farmers by hook or crook. They have been using all methods and tactics to get the land vacated”, they alleged.
They dismissed that their groups have any intention to harm the peace or communal harmony in Punjab and termed it malicious propaganda against them. “Peace is dear to us also. All our activities will be democratic in nature”, they clarified.
It is notable that Dera Radha Swami Beas has a history of making violent attacks on Journalists who tries to expose their misdeeds. In 2008 two senior journalists of Rayya were seriously attacked by dera men. One of them, named Devinder Singh Bhangu who works for Punjabi daily – Punjabi Tribune, was thrown into 40 feed deep dig along with his motorcycle.
Other journalist, Ratinder Rikhi of Dainik Bhaskar Hindi newspaper was abducted was carried inside the dera beas and he was beaten there.
Recently, Dera men assaulted Sangat TV’s crew members at village Jodhan who were listening to the plight of farmers who have land adjoining to dera. Dera is forcing them to sell their land and through illegal mining encroaching over villagers’ lands.