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Breakthrough in efforts to pacify Sikhs, says Swami Agnivesh(Reissue with corrections)
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Breakthrough in efforts to pacify Sikhs, says Swami Agnivesh(Reissue with corrections)

Social activist Swami Agnivesh today claimed that he has achieved a breakthrough in the Dera Sacha Sauda imbroglio during his talks with Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh.

Sirsa, May 23 : Social activist Swami Agnivesh today claimed that he has achieved a breakthrough in the Dera Sacha Sauda imbroglio during his talks with Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh.

The all-religion ''Sarv Dharma Delegation'', is in Sirsa to work as peace broker in the Dera issue.

A mutually acceptable solution would soon be worked out said Swami Agnivesh who is a part of the delegation. Agnivesh added that both sides had softened their stand.

He, however, did not divulge whether the Dera's chief has agreed to apologise.

Father Philip, who is also part of the all-religion delegation said: "Both sides want peace to be restored and want all this to end . We have reached a conclusion and we feel that everything would be settled in a peaceful manner."

Yesterday, during a shut down called by the Akal Takht to protest against the alleged 'blasphemous' act by the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh, the Sikhs clashed with police in Punjab and burnt effigies of Ram Raheem Singh.

The clashes began last week when the Dera's chief appeared in advertisement dressed up as Guru Gobind Singh, the revered 17th century Sikh guru.

While the Takht had demanded an apology from the Dera Sacha Sauda chief for his ''blasphemous'' act, the Dera refused to apologise and maintained that it had already expressed regret over the issue.

The Dera sect, which has tens of thousands of followers, says it is a social organisation that believes in the oneness of God and does not adhere to a particular faith, although its leader wears a turban and has a long beard in the Sikh style.

ANI

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