The deadlock between newly constituted Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras Management (adhoc) Committee (HSGMC) and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Amritsar continues in Kurukshetra.
The members of HSGMC led by their president Jagdish Singh Jhinda has urged the district administration to cut-off the supply line of ration, electricity and medicines to those present inside the gurdwara. The HSGMC has also appealed to the district administration to verify the antecedents of those present inside the gurdwara and seize their weapons.
A five-member delegation led by Jagdish Singh Jhinda and Didar Singh Nalvi has been summoned by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at his residence.
Hundreds of HSGMC members and supporters are camping outside the Chathi Paatshahi gurdwara of Kurukshetra since Sunday. The HSGMC supporters today claimed that they will continue their sit-in till they get the possession of the gurdwara and SGPC’s task force members are ousted from there.
While talking to The Indian Express, HSGMC vice-president Nalvi said: “We have asked the district administration to cut off the supply line of those present inside the gurdwara. They are intruders who have been sent by SGPC, Amritsar, with ulterior motives. The district administration has assured us cooperation. We will continue our sit-in till we finally succeed in taking over the gurdwaras across the state, beginning with this one in Kurukshetra. We have been summoned by the Chief Minister tomorrow. We will see what he has to offer us. The Sikhs of Haryana will not rest till we take over the gurdwaras.”
“If the district administration cuts off the electricity and water supply connections of the gurdwaras, those present inside will not be able to carry on for long and will have to surrender and vacate the premises. If it is not done, we will ensure it happens,” Nalvi said.
Meanwhile, the district administration and police personnel remained deployed around the gurdwara and have barricaded the area to avert any clashes between the HSGMC and SGPC supporters.
As far as devotees are concerned, they are being allowed by the police to enter the gurdwara, after being scanned thoroughly. “There is no bar for any devotee to enter the gurdwara premises. One can go for routine prayers, but anybody with political affiliations is barred because it may lead to law and order issues,” a senior police officer said.
The HSGMC members have also appealed to their supporters and members of Sikh community based in various parts of Haryana to come and join the stir in Kurukshetra. “The Sikhs from all parts of Haryana have started reaching Kurukshetra. Our numbers are increasing and we will not relent till we achieve our goal,” Nalvi added.
“We have deployed our men around the gurdwara since the concentration on both the fronts had started swelling. The situation is tense but we have asked both the sides to remain calm and not indulge in violence,” said Rajbir Deswal, Inspector General of Police, Karnal range.