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Denied entry to Golden Temple, says Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara Trust chief Johar Singh

Amritsar: Gurdwara Chhota Ghallughara Trust chief, Johar Singh claimed that he was denied entry to the Golden Temple by SGPC task force.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

"I was not allowed entry by SGPC officials," Johar Singh told mediapersons. According to Johar Singh, SGPC officials told him that he would not be permitted to enter in the Golden Temple to pay obeisance unless he appeared before the Jathedar Akal Takhat (the highest Sikh temporal seat).

On Saturday, Johar Swas declared 'Tankhaiya' (religious punishment) during the meet of five Sikh head priests headed by the Jathedar Akal Takhat Giani Gurbachan Singh. A meeting of five Sikh head priests was held at the secretariat of Akal Takht where it was unanimously resolved to declare Johar Singh 'Tankhaiya' (religious punishment).

The decision was taken as he failed to turn up at Akal Takht before the five Sikh head priests despite of numerous notices served to him, Jathedar Akal Takhat Giani Gurbachan Singh had said.

Akal Takht after declaring him 'Tankhaiya' asked the Sikh community for social boycott of Johar Singh unless he appeared before the Sikh high priests for atonement.

Talking to media persons, outside the Golden Temple, Johar Singh said that he would never appear before the Giani Gurbachan Singh, since he had already appeared before the five Sikh head priests led Giani Dhian Singh Mand who were appointed Jathedar Akal Takht by the Sarbat Khalsa.

Johar was to perform religious sewa as told by the five parallel Sikh high priests led by Dhian Singh Mand.

Parallel Akal Takhat Jathedar Dhian Singh along with his colleagues Jathedar Amrik Singh Ajnala and Jathedar Baljit Singh Daduwal while awarding Tankah (religious punishment) to Johar Singh, asked him to dust shoes, cleaning of utensils in Langar (community kitchen) besides asking him to listen religious hymns for the seven days.

A senior functionary of the Chhota Ghallughara trust was caught with a woman in an objectionable position on 11 August.

Johar Singh being head of the Trust was summoned as to why action was not taken against that functionary.

Updated Date: Oct 15, 2017 10:58 AM

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