May 10, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Moga/ Chandigarh: Some leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann) were reportedly arrested by the Punjab police yesterday (May 9) while they were holding a meeting to chalk out plans to commemorate 6 June Ghallughara Dihara.
According to SAD (Mann) leader MP Singh, three party leaders namely Jaskaran Singh (Kahan Singh Wala), Surjit Singh Araian and Harpal Singh Khosa were arrested last evening by the Moga police.
MP Singh alleged that the police misbehaved with arrested leaders who were being unnecessarily harassed in the police custody.
Notably, the Patiala police had arrested Bhai Dhian Singh Mand along with UAD chief Mohkam Singh, Jarnail Singh Sakhira, Paramjit Singh and Manpreet Singh last morning. They were sent to Nabha jail under preventive detention u/s 107/151 of Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr. P. C.).
It may be recalled here that Bhai Dhian Singh Mand along with Bhai Baljit Singh Daduwal and Bhai Amrik Singh Ajnala had announced to begin Punjab tour from May 10. Trio were appointed as interim jathedars of Sikh Takht on November 10, 2015 by the organizers of the “Sarbat Khalsa 2015”. The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) has not endorsed their appointment as the SGPC is backing prior jathedars who have been rejected by a large section of the Sikh panth, including the Sikh diaspora.
The May 10 Punjab tour was being viewed as a challenge for the prior Jathedars and the SGPC- who have backing of the Punjab government. A number of Sikh organization have also expressed reservations about new appointments to the posts of Jathedars by the organizers of November 10, 2015 event, which primarily comprises Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann) and Untied Akali Dal (UAD).
There is suspicion that the government would attempt to keep the arrested leaders behind the bars till 6 June Ghallughara Dihara.
Sources said that many leaders of SAD (Mann) and Untied Akali Dal have gone underground to avoid arrest. In a statement issued yesterday, SAD Mann leaders said that the future course would be decided after holding a joint meeting of various Sikh organizations.
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