Chandigarh, December 1, 2023: The Shiromani Akali Dal delegation led by President Sukhbir Singh Badal submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit regarding the Gurdwara Akal Bunga, Sultanpur Lodhi incident.
SAD today requested Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit to recommend a CBI probe into the sacrilegious armed attack on Gurdwara Akal Bunga Sahib on the orders of chief minister Bhagwant Mann on November 23, asserting it had hurt the sentiments of the Sikh Sangat worldwide.
While addressing the media Sukhbir Badal said “the armed attack on the peaceful sangat at 4 am when it was reciting gurbani has reminded Sikhs of a similar attack on Sri Darbar Sahib in Amritsar in 1984. Sikhs worldwide are outraged and they are now seeking justice for this heinous act”.
Giving details of the case, Mr Badal said as per sources, the chief minister has ordered the Kapurthala Police to remove one faction of Nihang Singhs from Gurdwara Akal Bunga Sahib to facilitate a takeover to favour his close friend and head of a rival faction of Nihang Singhs.
“It is even more despicable that the chief minister gave this order reportedly in an inebriated condition at night due to which the Kapurthala Police entered the Gurdwara premises in the early morning in full combat uniform with assault rifles and indulged in wanton firing”. He said evidence in this regard had been submitted to the Governor.
Mr Badal said the SAD delegation comprising of Balwinder Singh Bhundur, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema also apprised the Governor that the chief minister had compounded his crime by forming a SIT to probe the incident which was headed by the same police officer who had carried out the orders of the chief minister. He said in such circumstances only a CBI probe could lay bare the entire conspiracy and culminate in registration of a murder case as well as that for hurting religious sentiments against the chief minister as well as the police officers responsible for this ghastly incident.
Asserting that the entire act was aimed at helping a particular Nihang faction, the SAD president said “this is why the attack was perpetrated despite the fact that there was no breakdown in the law and order situation at Sultanpur Lodhi. It is even more galling that this attack was perpetrated when Sikhs were in the process of commemorating the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji in the historical town associated with him”.
The SAD president also highlighted how the media was not spared and how a journalist who had tried to record the entire police action was attacked by the police force and suffered severe fractures. “The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has not only hurt Sikh sentiments but is also suppressing the freedom of the press”, he added.
Badal also expressed shock as to why so called panthic leaders like Baljit Singh Daduwal, Dhian Singh Mand and Panthpreet Singh and even MP Simranjit Singh Mann were quiet about the incident, adding “this incident has exposed them and proven they are hand in glove with anti-panthic forces”.
He said the situation had become such that industrialists were complaining that their pleas to the State police to protect them from extortions from gangsters were falling on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, replying to a media query, the SAD president said the chief minister was also directly responsible for the breakdown of law and order in the State.