June 3, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: The Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann) chief Simranjit Singh Mann today criticised pro-freedom Sikh group Dal Khalsa for calling ‘Amritsar Bandh’ on 6 June. Notably, the Dal Khalsa has been calling the shut-down on 6 June anually as an expression of Sikh outrage against Indian state’s June 1984 army attack on Darbar Sahib, Akal Takht Sahib and other Sikh Gurdwaras.
In a written statement issued in Gurmukhi, the copy of which is available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN), SAD (Mann) chief said that 6 June is a painful day for the Sikhs and ‘Amritsar Bandh call was an equivalent attempt to ignore the seriousness of the issue’.
Praising SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Bandugar, S. Simranjit Singh Mann said: ‘when SGPC’s learned and visionary president Prof. Karpal Singh Bandugar is making efforts to bring unity amongst the Sikhs on this day (6 June), the Dal Khalsa should call back its seperate call’.
Talking to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) over phone, Dal Khalsa leader Kanwarpal Singh said that ”the Amritsar Bandh call was being given by the Dal Khalsa for last four years. ‘Shut-downs are strongest democratic political tools to express resentment against state’s atrocities. We are not in favor of forcing shutdowns, therefore we make appeal to the masses to observe shut down on 6 June.”
He further maintained that from the last four years the bandh call has been a success.
Responding to a query about SGPC chief’s appeal about joint event at Akal Takht Sahib he said that Prof. Kirpal Singh Badnugar had met him to disucss the Ghallughara Samagam issue. ‘The SGPC chief had sought co-orperation to hold join event at Akal Takht Sahib on 6 June and we ensured him that the Dal Khalsa would co-operate in every possible manner. But there was no discussion regarding distinct events announced by Sikh organizations’, he said while adding that ‘had Prof. Badungar raised the issue of Amritsar bandh call with us, we would have expalined him the matter to his staisfaction’.
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