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Dera chief apologizes to Guru Gobind Singh not to Akal Takht

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh today expressed apology to the revered tenth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Godind Singh, whom he allegedly impersonated that led to tension in Punjab between Dera sect followers and Sikhs for the past two weeks.

Sirsa/Amritsar, May 27 : Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh today expressed apology to the revered tenth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Godind Singh, whom he allegedly impersonated that led to tension in Punjab between Dera sect followers and Sikhs for the past two weeks.

The apology, which came out as a statement issued by him, however, was not addressed to Akal Takht, the supreme Sikh body that had demanded the closure of all Deras by this Sunday.

Clashes between Sikhs and the sect, which combines spirituality with social work, erupted on May 14, a day after an advertisement appeared showing the sect's religious leader dressed up as Guru Gobind Singh, the revered 17th century Sikh guru.

Skirmishes between rival groups flared into mob violence when the Akal Takht urged Sikhs to boycott the sect.

Today as the deadline for closure of all the deras came to an end, peace prevailed in the State in spite of apprehensions that violence could erupt.

Security personnel were in full force in all the major town of the State and neighbouring Haryana, as the deras looked fortified.

Meanwhile, prayers were offered to Kamaljit Singh, who was killed on May 17 at Sunam during clashes with sect supporters.

Bheant Singh, father of Kamaljit, said his sacrifice should not go in vain.

"Some memorial should be made for his sacrifice... and the culprits should be given stringent punishment," Bheant Singh said during memorial service at Sangrur.

Earlier, the sect leader had offered a regret but the Sikh religious leaders demanded a complete apology.

Till late Sunday evening there was no incident of violence.

At the sect headquarters in Sirsa in neighbouring Haryana state, prayers continued with a security cover through out the town.

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

Sikhs, most of them living in Punjab, Haryana, Jammu region and New Delhi, make up about two percent of India's 1.1 billion population.

ANI

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