August 8, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana/Amritsar (August 08, 2012): As per media reports diaspora Sikhs and even some leaders of SGPC and Badal Dal in Punjab have been left wondering that SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has announced to form a three-member committee to “probe” the firing incident in Wisconsin Sikh Gurdwara in US which claimed life of six Sikhs.
It is notable that on August 06, 2012 the SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar appointed a committee to investigate the firing incident. Surinder Singh Bhuleratha, Amarjit Singh Chawla and pro-Badal Federation Mehta’s presidnet Paramjit Singh Khalsa were appointed as members of probe-penal.
“How can SGPC investigate something that happened in US, when they don’t have any recognition here. Does the leadership think that they can question FBI or US police about it? Are they fooling the Sikhs or themselves with such gimmicks which are nothing but ridiculous,” Sandeep Singh Chahal, a US resident, who also runs a media outlet there for the community is quoted to have said by Times of India.
“We as US citizens have better authority than SGPC to questions the officials here. The police and government agencies are already working overtime to get to the bottom of the issue, apart from reacting immediately. SGPC can’t even ensure justice for Sikhs in Punjab then why should it rush to US to pretend anything like that,” he is said to have added.
Similarly Gurnal Singh Sandhar, a Dellas based Sikh leader is reported to have told media: “We were astonished after reading the news that SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has announced that a three-member panel would be visiting US to probe the incident”.
“The SGPC enquiries even in Punjab are either not completed or remain under question marks for their fairness. It will be enough if they manage their affairs in Punjab. Even their enquiry in Waraich Gurdwara case has put Akal Takht jathedar in dock and how can they claim to hold enquiry in US,” He said.
TOI further reports “Meanwhile, interaction with some SGPC leaders revealed that they were also feeling embarrassed with the announcement. “None was consulted over the issue and we learnt about an enquiry panel and even English speaking capabilities of one or two members are under doubt,” revealed a senior SGPC office bearer.”
California-based Dalwinder Singh Dhoot also questioned the announcement, while holding that this was more a subject of ridicule than to be taken seriously.
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