Giani Harpreet Singh faces protest

Newly appointed acting Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh faced opposition while delivering his first “sandesh” (customary public address) during Bandi Chhor Diwas from the Darshni Deodi of Sri Darbar Sahib on Wednesday.
Organisers of the sarbat Khalsa Jarnail Singh Sakhira and his supporters, SAD (Amritsar) activists and hardliners showed black flags to Giani Harpreet Singh and raised pro-Khalistan slogans on the Golden Temple premises.Parallel jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara released a message from Tihar Jail, while parallel acting jathedar Dhian Singh Mand released a separate message from Bargari, where he has been participating in a morcha against “police inaction” in sacrilege and Behbal Kalan firing incidents.Despite disturbance, Giani Harpreet Singh read out the message. He said besides the unforgettable incidents of 1984 Operation Bluestar, followed by November 1984 Sikh genocide, the series of sacrileges and Sikh political prisoners behind the bars despite completion of their sentence compelled one to think that Sikhs were discriminated against as a second-class citizen in their own country. He said now under a deep-rooted conspiracy, the Sikh history was being targeted by implementing distorted textbooks in schools.He said similarly abusive language was being used on social media to create a division among the Sikh community. He said the need of the hour was to be cautious of such conspirators and be on one platform in the light of Gurbani teachings and commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak unitedly.

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