Jathedars appointed by Sarbat Khalsa and some other Sikh bodies have warned the community priests against performing last prayers for former Punjab DGP Punjab KPS Gill who died on Friday. Official Akal Takht Jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh avoided to give his views on the issue. Gill remained a target of many Sikh bodies for alleged violations of human rights during his tenure as DGP. Only in July last year, Sarbat Khalsa-appointed Jathedars had excommunicated Gill from the community.
Baljit Singh Daduwal, appointed by Sarbat Khalsa as Takht Damdma Sahib Talwandi Sabo Jathedar, said, “Gill is responsible for killing of innocent Sikhs. He killed Sikh youths in fake encounters. Sikh women were insulted in police stations on his instructions. He was asked to appear at Akal Takht last year but he didn’t turn up. He was excommunicated from the community and now it is obvious for all the Sikh priests to not attend any function to sing his last prayers.”
“No Sikh should go to his last prayers and no priest should perform prayers for him. Strict action will be taken if any Sikh went to attend his last prayers,” said Daduwal. When contacted, Akal Takht Jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh refused to offer any comment on Gill’s death.