August 2, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar (August 02, 2012): A leader of ruling Badal Dal, Rajinder Singh Mehta, claimed that decision taken by Akal Takht Jadhedar Giani Gurbachan Singh regarding Waraich village Gurdwara destruction by Radha Swami Beas cult is final. Mehta is a member of Executive committee of SGPC. He also headed the probe-panel set up by SGPC in look into the facts related to Waraich Village Gurudwara demolition. On the basis of report submitted by this probe-penal the Jathedar Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh is said to have granted a Clean Chit to Dera Radha Soami Beas.
It is notable that Badal clan has close relations with Dera Radha Swami besides political interests in Dera. Moreover dera is considered to be a powerful cult/organization backed by Indian intelligence againcies. Dera has a private airport with an advanced runway, which is very unusual for a private party to owe in a border state.
It is further notable here that for the expansion of dera, Waraich village Gurudwara was demolished by Dera beas administration. Dera Beas has forced the neighbouring villages to sell their land to dera. A large portion of government road that circles around village Waraich has fallen into dera due to illegal land mining by dera. Similarly at Village Jodhan the dera is encroaching over the land of villagers in order to force them to sell their lands to dera by doing illegal mining near lands of village residents.
S. Rajindcer Singh Mehta is said to have told YesPunjab, a news servies owned and headed by senior journalist H. S. Bawa that “everyone connected with this episode has done his duty and the matter is now over”.
He is reported to have said that he and other committee members were asked to conduct an enquiry and submit a report, which they did to the best of their ability and intellect.
Rajinder S. Mehta claimed that that the report was submitted to S. Avtar Singh Makkar, President of SGPC, who in turn handed it over to Akal Takht Jathedar.
“Akal Takht Jathedar Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh,after going through the report has given his decision and it would be wrong to say that he is dragging feet from his decision. He has given a decision and that’s the decision of the Akal Takht”, Mehta is said to have added.
It is notable that recently on July 28, 2012 Dera Radha Swami men assaulted Sangat TV crew. Sangat TV is a UK based international TV channel and it’s reproter and Cameraman was in village Jodhan to talk to village resident and collect first had information regarding serious allegations against Dera Radha Swami. Sangat TV crew had to run for their life as about 200 armed dera men attacked them.
Dera Radha Swami has a history of attacking media persons who attempt to expose misdeeds and land scams of dera. On May 18, 2008 two journalists Davinder Singh Bhangu of Punjabi Tribune newspaper and Rajinder Rikhi of Dainik Bhaskar newspapers were seriously attacked by Dera followers. Davinder Singh Bhangu was thrown into 35-40 feet deep dig, where as Rajinder Rikhi was abducted. He was badly beaten by dera followers inside the dera.
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Related Topics: Anti-Sikh Deras, Attacks on Media, Radha Swami Dera Beas, Sangat TV, SGPC, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)