(DSU News Bureau) The Ross street Gurdwara Sahib in Vancouver will close it’s doors during Indian PM Modi’s scheduled visit. The visit will be on April 15th 11am at the Khalsa Diwan Ross St. Gurdwara in Vancouver.
A video just made public shows a representative talking about how security checks will be imposed at the Gurdwara Sahib on behalf of the committee. This would be the first Gurdwara Sahib in history to have sangat go through a security check.
However, a representative of Sikhyouth Vancouver has released the following statement:
“Only people that applied and were approved were given security clearance. No one can go unless they are cleared and are on that list. Apparently 1200 applied for the pass and less than 400 were approved.”
“Preparing for PM Modi. Gates were still open past 8 pm tonight as contractors cleaned the carpet at the Ross Gurdwara. Some outside cleaning and flowers have also been planted. Maybe Modi should come here more often at least the Gurdwara will be cleaned and maintained. Usually they lock up by 8. Also Gurdwara will be closed to the public when Modi arrives here Thursday. We told them anyone is welcomed but the Gurdwara should never be closed to the public. They said it’s their executive decision.”
It remains to be seen whether the Gurdwara Sahib’s doors will be locked but initial evidence has revealed a strong probability. The door of the Gurdwara Sahib should remain open for the Sangat and no VIP is allowed any special treatment under Sikh code of conduct.