London, UK- September 9, 2013 It has come to light that on September 3, 2013, Sikhs living around London, received information that 22 Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji were being stored in a Warehouse Facility in Feltham, West London(later taken to another location) to be shipped out to London for Agan Peth Seva (cremation) as those who had collected them said they were Biird “too old to be read”. The same people involved in storing the Saroops in the warehouse reportedly sent around 400 Saroops in India during 2007. After the Saroops were sent to India in 2007, Sikh Jathebandis and other committee leaders and representatives decided that such an action should be an agreement of the entire Sikh Community of UK and not just a few individuals. The 22 Saroops were located in Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara Sahib in Southall after the head of the Gurudwara Sahib met up with the concerned sangat. Reportedly, the sangat discovered the Saroops were kept in a very small humid room with zero circulation of air, fans were immediately brought in and some singhs stayed with Maharaj Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji to look at the Saroops whether they really were “too old to be read”.
After Careful examination by the Singhs, the Singhs declared the Saroops to be perfect and were surprised they were declared as being Biird(Old). One of the Saroops were in Larevaar dating to being printed in 1940, A Historical Puratan Saroop. The Singhs along with the head of the Gurudwara Dr. Wadhwa agreed the Saroops were in good condition with some needing minor Binding Recovery, a seva which will be done at a Gurudwara Sahib Havelock Rd, Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha. Thanks to the efforts of the local Sangat a massive beadbi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s Saroops was Prevented.
Sources: Sikh Channel, Anonymous Sevadar