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High Drama at Akal Takht, bid to attack Jathedar

As soon as the Jathedar started reading the message, large number of Sikhs started raising slogans against him and in support of Jagtar Singh Hawara, Sikh militant who was appointed officiating Jathedar of Akal Takht.

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Members of various Sikh Panths during the Sarbat Khalsa at Chabba village near Amritsar on Tuesday. (Source: Express photo by Rana Simranjit Singh)

High drama was witnessed at the Golden Temple on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Diwas on Wednesday evening as a man made futile attempt to attack Akal Takht Jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh. Sarbat Khalsa appointee and acting Jathedar of Akal Takht Dhian Singh Mand also reached the Akal Takht defying all security arrangements by Punjab Police and read out a message asking Sikhs to observe a black Diwali.

Gaini Gurbachan Singh started his message from the second floor of Darshan Deaori (Entrance to Golden Temple) at around 4.15 pm, much before the expected time. Unlike other years, he remained inside the Deoari and did not come out and read the message from inside building. SGPC task force had surrounded Deaori and Jathedar to avoid any untoward incident.

As soon as the Jathedar started reading the message, large number of Sikhs started raising slogans against him and in support of Jagtar Singh Hawara, Sikh militant who was appointed officiating Jathedar of Akal Takht on Thursday by Sarbat Khalsa. Khalistan slogans were also raised.

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Dal Khalsa, Panch Pardhani and other Sikh organisations had announced to not allow Gurbachan Singh to read the message from Akal Takht on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Diwas. Panj Pyaras had also ordered SGPC to not allow the Jathedar to read yearly message.

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The crowd also showed black flags to Gaini Gurbachan Singh. However, the Jathedar continued reading. As soon as he finished the message, a man somehow climbed on the wall of Darshan Deaori and started hitting the window in front of the Jathedar with his leg. Some ninhangs attempted to stop him and manhandled him. However, the man left before the situation turned ugly.

Meanwhile, defying all the security arrangements, Dhian Singh Mand also entered the Golden Temple. Police was searching for him all the day and however failed to detain him. Some SGPC men and police force in civil dress left the place as soon as Dhian Singh Mand entered. Supporters of Mand, who were already inside, surrounded him.

Mand read out a message to the community as acting Jathedar of Akal Takht and told Sikhs not to celebrate Diwali and observe black Diwali to protest against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.