Sikh leaders vacate shrine in Kurukshetra


President of the self-appointed Haryana Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) Jagdish Singh Jhinda had taken over Chhavin Patshahi Gurudwara here in pursuance of the demand for a separate SGPC.

After Jhinda had a telephonic conversation with the Chief Minister who assured him of formation of a separate body for Sikhs in Haryana before November 1, he agreed to leave the charge of the gurudwara, HSGPC sources claimed.

Earlier, SGPC vice-president Raghujit Singh Virk had arrived here from Delhi and discussed the matter with  Ambala police range IG  K K Sandhu.Virk had warned the Kurukshetra district administration and the HSGPC leaders to get the gurudwara premises vacated or Sikh sangats would take charge of it.

Later talking to mediapersons, Jhinda said if the state government failed to form a separate body, the HSGPC activists “would take charge of gurudwaras”.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, who also arrived here, said Jhinda had committed sacrilege by violating the “maryada (limits)” of the gurudwara, saying his men entered the premises with swords, lethal weapons and lathis.

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