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Dera chiefs regret fails to mollify Sikh leaders

There is no sign of any reduction of tension here as the crucial meeting of Sikhs supreme body, Akal Takht, draws closer.

By Ravinder Singh Robin

Amritsar, May 20 : There is no sign of any reduction of tension here as the crucial meeting of Sikh's supreme body, Akal Takht, draws closer.

Hundreds of Sikhs belonging to different organisations have assembled here awaiting decision of the Akal Takht meeting, which would determine the community's next step in the wake of their deadline given to the State Government, in which they had demanded punitive action against chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect for alleged sacrilege, coming to an end today.

Heads of various Sikh organisations, including Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) chief will be attending the meeting of the five Sikh high priests at the Akal Takht's secretariat scheduled to begin late this evening.

However, the developments since Saturday evening- Dera chief's offer of 'regret' and filing of case against him by the Punjab police -have failed to mollify the Sikh leaders. arnam Singh Dhuma, chief of Dam Dami Taksal Bhindranwala said that if he( Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem) truly realized what blunder he has made then he should appear before the Jathedars of the Takhts and the Panth at Akal Takht Sahib and render his apology for the sin he has committed.

"Then only we could think further in this case," he added.

The filing of a case against Ram Raheem, under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 295 (a) for deliberate attempt to outrage religious feelings by insulting its religion or religious beliefs, has also not satisfied the Sikh leaders.

Daljit Singh Bittu, a Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann) leader, said that the Dera Chief should be tried for murder case under IPC Section 307, rather than Section 295 (a), since "he (Dera Chief) is responsible of the killing of Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Sangrur, who was allegedly shot dead at a Dera ashram near Sunam on Thursday.

On Saturday night, Dera chief offered regret to the incidents of the last few days by releasing a statement in which he said: "I had no intention of imitating or being disrespectful to Guru Gobind Singh. I had absolutely no intention of equating myself with Guru Gobind Singh."

"We never intended to imitate Guru Gobind Singh and, we are regretful of the whole chain of event," he said.

The clashes began on Monday after Ram Raheem Singh dressed up as 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.

Security personnel have been deployed across Punjab in the wake of protests that followed this incident.

Apart from the state police, over 10,000-armed central police have been sent to Punjab and Haryana. The army has also been placed on alert.


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