The Bathinda district administration has once again denied permission for organising Sarbat Khalsa in Talwandi Sabo. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said that the permission has been denied keeping in mind the law and order situation. “We had sought a report from SSP Bathinda. They said that law and order problem may arise due to which we decided not to grant permission for the December 8 event,” he said.
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However, Baljeet Singh Daduwal— parallel Jathedar of Takt Damdama Sahib, who is in Haryana’s Dadu village, said, “We have appealed to the Sangat and they will reach the venue on Thursday in a peaceful manner. This is our right and they cannot deny permission. I will also reach there along with other leaders.”
Sources, however, confirmed that heavy police has been deployed to stop him from moving out. There are several others along with him who are inside the Gurdwara in Dadu village. On Tuesday, the Bathinda police had arrested 8 persons.
On November 10 as well, Panthic organisations had planned a Sarbat Khalsa at Bhagi Vander village in Talwandi Sabo and even that time, permission was denied by the then DC Dr Basant Garg citing the same law and order problem. Over 120 people had been arrested at that time from various parts of the state.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday also ruled out any possibility to allow Sikh radicals to hold “Sarbat Khalsa” apprehending “law and order situation in the state”.
Talking to the media persons on the sidelines of his Sangat Darshan programme at Tohra village, Badal said that “handful of self-styled leaders are hell bent to hold Sarbat Khalsa for hatching conspiracies to derail the process of development and peace in the state and push it back in turbulent times”.
Making his firm resolve, the CM said his government is committed to preserve the law and order at any cost besides strengthening the social fabric and maintaining peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state.
Like Daduwal, United Akali Dal president Mohkam Singh, one of the organisers of last year’s Sarbat Khalsa trashed the apprehensions about law and order. “Last year’s Sarbat Khalsa was a totally peaceful event. There was no law and order problem.”
Further hitting out at the government for their rigid stance, Mohkam said, “The Akhand Paths are on at the site in Talwandi Sabo. The bhog of Akhand Paths are scheduled tomorrow and the event is on. It will be clear on Thursday how many devotees (sangat) can make it to the venue amid restrictions by the government.