A number of Sikh activists today did not allow Giani Gurbachan Singh and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar to address devotees at the concluding day event of the Shaheedi Jor Mela.
When Makkar started his speech after the palanquin carrying Guru Granth Sahib arrived near Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup, some activists waved black flags and shouted slogans.
They were joined by radical groups who also raised slogans forcing Makkar to abort his speech. The police swung into action and escorted the SGPC chief to a safer place inside Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup. Giani Gurbachan Singh too had to leave without addressing the community.
According to The Tribune, SGPC Executive Member Karnail Singh Panjoli tried to pacify the protesters, but they refused to relent and continued sloganeering.
Makkar could not be contacted. Panjoli said there was resentment among the Sikh community against certain recent decisions by Takht Jathedars and the SGPC chief. He said no one had tried to disrupt the proceedings when he delivered his speech. He said it was high time the Akali Dal took corrective measures by replacing jathedars of the five Takhts to restore the faith of the community in the highest Sikh institutions.
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