With the war of words between Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala and Damdami Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhuma following the deadly attack that killed a Dhadrianwala follower showing no signs of abating, Akal Takht Jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh stepped into the ring on Tuesday and asked the two politically important Sikh preachers to stop making statements against each other.
The Jathedar’s statement sought to pacify all sides.
“Damdami Taksal is a respected organisation of community and Harnam Singh Dhuma is its head. He is also president of Sant samaj and Taksal play big role in producing preachers for the community. Besides Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala has contributed alot in propagating Sikh thought and large number of Sikhs come to his religious congregations to connect with Guru Granth Sahib,” he said in a balancing act.
“Unfortunately the exchange of heated statements between both led to the murder of Bhupinder Singh. I regret the death of Bhupinder Singh. This controversy has been proving damaging for community. Some anti-community agencies have been exploiting situation against Sikhs,” Gurbachan Singh said.
His words may not be taken seriously by either side. Last year, both Dhuma and Dhadrianwala had demanded the removal of Gurbachan Singh as Akal Takht Jathedar after the controversy over pardon given to dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim last year.
But undeterred, Gurbachan Singh said Akal Takht had taken “serious note of the on going exchange of statements” between the two and sought to rein them in. “Akal Takht instructs both to immediately stop such statements against each other,” Gurbachan Singh said.
“Both sides will be contacted by Akal Takht and appropriate solution of issue would be found so that community should not be divided within into factions. Community is already facing many problems and cannot afford more,” said Gurbachan Singh.
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