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Uttrakhand police prevent Sikhs for visiting site of Gyan Godri; Sikh jatha led by Baba Daduwal arrested at inter-state border

November 19, 2013 | By

Paunta Sahib, Himachal Pardesh (November 19, 2013): As per information available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) the members of a Sikh religious procession who were heading towards the site of Gurdwara Gyan Godri at Haridwar were arredted by Uttrakhand police at the Kulhal checkpost on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

As per media reports the police sources claimed that around 400 Sikh devotees led by Baba Baljeet Singh Daduwal came to the Kulhal checkpost at around 1 pm as per a pre-announced programme. They were reportedly prevented by the police from entering the state.

Baba Baljeet Singh Daduwal, Bhai Gurcharan Singh Babbar and others arrested by Uttrakhand Police [File Photo: November 28, 2012]

Some media sources have reported that when the police tried to stop Sikhs it led a minor scuffle between the police and the Sikhs.

As per reports Vikasnagar circle officer SK Singh said that they arrested 290 Sikh devotees and took them to the Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School, Sahaspur where they were released on personal bonds”.

“Earlier on Sunday (November 17), 47 Sikhs of All Indian Sikhs Conference (AISC) were detained in Haridwar when they were about to visit Har Ki Pauri for kirtan on Gurupurab” Times of India (TOI) has reported.

It is notable that Gurdwara Gyan Godri was a historic Sikh shrine at Haridwara that marked the memory of Guru Nanak Sahib Ji’s visit to the place and signified the rejection of superstitious rituals by Guru Sahib. The Gurdwara Sahib was destroyed during November 1984 genocidal violence against the Sikhs.

It is notable that on November 28, 2012, the Uttarakhand government had arrested around 700 Sikhs when they had tried to celebrate Gurpurb at Haridwar, citing law and order situation. It may be recalled that in 2012 the Haridwar administration had banned entry of Sikhs in wake of Fateh Yatra.

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