NKJ’s Gurmat Diwans to Restart after Closure by Authorities on Controversial Issue


After a gap of almost six months, Sikh youth Parcharak group Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK is to recommence Gurmat Diwans as of Saturday 1 August 2015 from the Panthic Guru Nanak Gurdwara on High Street in Smethwick at 7pm.

The break period was down to an allegation that was reported to and subsequently investigated by the Police. Only very recently there has been closure by the authorities on the controversial issue.

Solicitors for Bhai Harinder Singh, head of the Jatha, had released a confirmation statement on 22 July 2015 saying, “In February 2015, a complaint was made against Harinder Singh of Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK alleging inappropriate conduct on 22 January 2015. The complaint was investigated at a senior level by London Metropolitan Police and Harinder Singh fully co-operated with the investigation. On 15 July 2015, the London Metropolitan Police advised me that they have completed their investigation and that no criminal charge shall arise.”

In the statement, Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK had said, “We are pleased to announce that the Police have completed their investigation into the allegation made against Bhai Harinder Singh and concluded that no action will be taken. This matter will now be put behind us. With Guru Maharaj Ji’s grace and the support of the Sikh Sangat, Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK will return to serving the community through Gurmat Parchar in English and Punjabi.”

There has been a significant demand by Sikh youth across the UK on social media for the English and Punjabi Diwans to recommence.

The second Diwan after Smethwick is to take place on Sunday 2 August 2015 at Southall’s Singh Sabha Gurdwara on Park Avenue, also starting at 7pm.

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