WHILE Sikh militant Jagtar Singh Hawara has accepted his ‘appointment’ as the Akal Takht jathedar, he has, however, sought more information of the Sarbat Khalsa to take a final decision. “I was approached directly and indirectly to accept the designation as Akal Takht jathedar from different sections of the Sikh Sangat. I had made it clear to the messengers that I was not interested in the accepting this designation. I, however, am ready for this job only on one condition: that all Sikh bodies appoint me unanimously by participating in the Sarbat Khalsa,” reads a letter allegedly written by Hawara, currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
The letter was produced in public by Parminder Singh Amloh, a member of the Sikh Relief Organization who says he has been in touch with Hawara for the past three years.
“I will soon get the real time information to know the reality of Sarbat Khalsa, because I have got only partial information about event via a Punjabi news paper. I will express my views only after getting proper information about the attendance of the all Sikh bodies and leadership in Sarbat Khalsa. For the time being, I am agreeing with the resolutions passed in the Sarbat Khalsa, which was participated directly or indirectly by Sikh bodies,” the letter reads.
In another letter, meanwhile, 19 Sikh militants locked up in Nabha jail, Punjab, have rejected the Sarbat Khalsa and its resolutions. The letter is signed by the Makhan Singh Babar, Harminder singh, Gurjant Singh, Balbir Singh, Sawarn Singh, Dilbagh singh, Harminder Singh (Nahinga), Rattandeep Singh, Sukhjinder Singh sukhi, Harjinder Singh, Harpreet Singh Jangu, Inderpal Singh, Satinderjit singh Jaswinder Singh Rajpura, Kashmir Singh Galwadi, Pal singh, Manjinder Singh, Jasmohan Singh.
“The misuse of the Sarbat Khalsa word may create trouble for the community; there are conventions about calling it. Resolutions should be sent to all Sikh bodies two months before the assembly. It can be organised anywhere,” reads their letter.
“The desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib produced resentment in Sikhs and it resulted in the huge gathering at Sarbat Khalsa. But we condemn the manner in which appointments of the three Takhts jathedars were made without the consent of the gathering. We disapprove this act,” the militants have said.