AT the headquarters of the Damdami Taksal at Mehta village, around 40 kilometres from Amritsar, one can sense an uneasy calm. No one wants to talk about the attack on Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale. According to reports, all was not well between Dhadrianwale and the Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhuma.
Some Dhadrianwale supporters believe that the animosity between the two may have led to the attack in which Dhadrianwale supporter was killed. Harnam Singh Dhuma is yet to make any statement on the attack. “The time is not right to make any statement. Please wait a few days,” said Dhuma, talking to The Indian Express.
Dhuma claims to be 16th head of Damdami Taksal, whose primary duty is to impart religious education. Its 14th head, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, had been killed in the Golden Temple, during Operation Blue Star in 1984. On Friday, Dhuma had invited a few Sikh bodies for a meeting at the headquarters to discuss plans for observing the anniversary of Operation Blue Star, which falls in the first week of June.
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He, however, used the meet to “defend” the Taksal without mentioning the attack on Dhadrianwale. He told the representatives of the various organisations that there was a conspiracy to defame Taksal.
“It is not the first time (that someone was trying to defame the Taksal). The Taksal has produced scholars and soldiers. We have long list of martyrs. So you don’t have to worry. Critics will prove wrong once again,” said Dhuma to gathering of around 200. “Do not think about propaganda going on against Taksal. Do not be disturbed by it. You all have to remain in high spirts. Those people who have been trying to defame Taksal, will be defeated. You all should stand strongly with Taksal which has more than a 300-year-old history.” “Baba Ji has no role in attack.
It might be possible that someone planned something on his own. But there is no question of any such motivation by Baba Ji,” said a student of the Taksal.