Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib Giani Arur Singh had presented General Michael O’Dwyer with a siropa at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the man responsible for Jallianwala Bagh on April 13, 1919. The traiter Giani Arur Singh not only presented the butcher of Sikhs a Siropa, but also gave a turban and a kirpan.
The Jathedar went so far that he declared General O’Dwyer a Sikh and stated it’s alright despite the fact he smoked cigarettes.
This was the conversation the two had after presenting the general with a Siropa. (This account is confirmed by General O’Dwyer’s wife who recounted it when he told her about it)
In a controversial move, the manager of the Golden Temple, Arur Singh , paid homage to Dyer soon after. Here is what the general’s biographer, Ian Colvin, says of the matter:
‘When he [General Dyer] returned to Amritsar, he and his Brigade-Major, Captain Briggs, were summoned to the Golden Temple, and found themselves in the presence of the chief priests and leaders of the sect.
‘”Sahib,” they said, “you must become a Sikh even as Nikalseyn Sahib (General Nicholson of Mutiny fame) became a Sikh.”
‘The General thanked them for the honour, but he objected that he could not as a British officer let his hair grow long. Arur Singh laughed. “We will let you off the long hair,” he said. General Dyer offered another objection, “But I cannot give up smoking.” “That you must do,” said Arur Singh. “No,” said the General, “I am very sorry, but I cannot give up smoking.” The priest conceded, “We will let you give it up gradually.” “That I promise you,” said the General, “at the rate of one cigarette a year.”
‘The Sikhs, chuckling, proceeded with the initiation. General Dyer and Captain Briggs were invested with the five kakas, the sacred emblems of that war-like brotherhood, and so became Sikhs.‘
The surprising this is that Jathedar Arur Singh was actually the grandfather of Simranjit Singh Mann. However, Simranjit Singh Mann had apologized for the act in 2002 and stated, “seeking apology would give peace to his nana’s soul.”