Nihang groups lock horns – Balbir Singh tried to take over new Gurdwaras

Baba Surjeet Singh faction lays claim to gurdwara

Rajay Deep Tribune News

Bathinda, August 8

The lingering tussle over the Gurdwara Lakhi Jangal is not yet over as two groups of the Budha Dal Nihangs have locked horns over the issue.Indulging in blame game, both the groups have now accused the administration of not taking proper and immediate action.Holding a protest outside the Mini-Secretariat here today, the Baba Surjeet Singh faction claimed their right over the Gurudwara Lakhi Jangal in Bathinda district.They alleged that the jathedar, Baba Balbir Singh, chief of the Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal, was creating disturbance in the administration of the gurudwara.They also cast aspersion at his character and castigated him for proclaiming himself chief of the Dal.Speaking over the issue, Inderjeet Singh, son of Mahant Uttam Singh of Gurudwara Lakhi Jangal Sahib, said, “The Balbir group has been trying to take away our rights over the gurudwara.\”He further said that they were ready to cross swords with the Balbir group, because of the lackadaisical attitude of the administration.In a memorandum submitted to senior officials of the administration, they accused the district police of supporting the Balbir group in its alleged attempt to encroach upon the gurudwara.They also mentioned that the court has ordered a stay on the matter, which the Balbir group was ignoring.On the other hand, Baba Balbir Singh, talking over the phone from Patiala, refuted theĀ allegation.He said that he was legally, and in the presence of a number of dignitaries of the Sikh Panth, appointed the successor of Baba Santa Singh.The claimants of the Lakhi Jangal gurudwara are not the real owners. They are just the Sewadars, appointed as caretaker of the gurudwara. They have no right to claim entitlement over the complex as after losing the case to the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the Budha Dal had taken possession of the gurudwara from the committee in lieu of Nangal Kalan.”When asked about the role of the administration, he said, “We are law abiding so the administration should itself sense the gravity of the situation. The police should arrest the activists of Surjeet group, who had killed my family members and are now prompting these people to create disturbances.”DIG Faridkot range, Jitendra Jain and SSP Bathinda, Ashish Chaudhary, parried the query saying they were out of station and were not aware about the situation.2008

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