August 21, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Jalandhar (August 21, 2012): According to a news report published by “Yes Punjab”, a news service website edited and owned by Senior Journalist H.S. Bawa: “Balwinder Singh, the controversial Sarpanch of village Waraich who took the much criticized decision to ‘sell’ and ‘transfer’ Gurdwara Baba Jiwan Singh is now waving August 15 directive issued by Sikh clergy to oppose the call of an Ardaas Samagam’ scheduled for September 2 at Waraich Gurdwara given by some panthic organizations”.
As per reports Balwinder Singh, accompanied by more than a dozen Sarpanches of Vidhan Sabha Constituency Baba Bakala, Tuesday, addressed a press conference on the issue of Waraich Gurdwara at Jalandhar.
The pro-dera Radha Swami Beas Sarpanches, panchayat members and Balwinder Singh said that the call given by panthic groups to hold a ‘Ardaas Samagam’ at the site of Gurdwara Waraich would vitiate the ‘cordial atmosphere’ of the area.
It is pertinent to mention here that SAD Amritsar, Akali Dal Panch Pardhani, Dal Khalsa, Khalsa Action Committee, Panthic Sewa Lehar, Damdami Taksal Ajnala and Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee had given a call for an ‘Ardaas Samagam’ at Waraich on 2nd of September. They had also called a conference on the same issue on 20th of September at Rayya.
“The Sarpanches and other leaders distributed copies of the directive of Akal Takht issued under the signatures of five Sikh high priests on August 15. In this directive, the four Sikh high priests had endorsed the decision of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh. Giani Gurbachan Singh, had earlier held that nothing wrong had been done in the case of dismantling of Gurdwara Waraich by Dera Radha Soami” reports YP.
They appealed to SAD Amritsar president Simranjit Singh Mann and other panthic groups not to go ahead with the scheduled programmes and also not to plan such programmes in future, YP report adds.
Even as Balwinder Singh produced documents justifying his acts and to prove how people have ‘sold’ their properties voluntarily to the Dera, he was at loss of words when asked about the ‘Pind Bachao Committee’ formed by aggrieved persons. More than hundred people have gone to court to get justice regarding their properties, it has been learnt.
It is notable that Dera enjoys extensive political backing and grants to Village Panchayats of the area are said to be granted and distributed according to directions of Dera Radha Swami Beas.
According to YP report those present included Jathedar Ranjit Singh Seron, Harmel Singh Cheema Panchayat Member Waraich, Sukhjinder Singh Sarpanch Seron, Sarwan Singh Sarpanch Khanpur, Sukhdev Singh Bittu Sarpanch Jhalari, Mukhtar Singh Sarpanch Jodhe, Jaswant Singh Sarpanch Wazir Bhullar, Balkar Singh Bal Sarpanch Bal Sarai, Jawinder Singh Dhillon Sarpanch Budha Theh, Joginder Kaur Sarpanch Ajit Nagar, Daljit Singh Sarpanch Bhaini Ram Dayal, Taranbir Singh Sarpanch Khashi, Munsha Ram Sarpanch Guru Nanakpura Beas, Amritpal Singh Sarpanch Beas, Jasbir Singh Sarpanch Nanak Sar – Sathiala, Baljit Singh Bhatti Sarpanch Sathiala, Sarwan Singh Sarpanch Khanpur, Mehanga Singh Sarpanch Guru Tegh Bhadur Nagar – Sathiala, Kulwant Singh Katon Sarpanch Narangpur Butala, Yadvinder Singh Sabi Sarpanch Rajpur, Prithipal Singh Sarpanch Rajadeval, former Inspector Harbhajan Singh village Seron and Baljinder Singh Johdhe.