Sikh Community Gathers to Address Concerns Over Missing ‘Saroops’ of Guru Granth Sahib

by Parminder Singh Sodhi

In response to the apparent inaction of the AAP government in Punjab, under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, regarding the troubling issue of the missing ‘Saroops’ of Guru Granth Sahib – as highlighted in a recent report by Khalsa Vox – Sri Guru Singh Sabha and several other prominent Sikh organizations are set to convene a significant meeting on August 21. The purpose of this gathering is to formulate a decisive plan of action moving forward.

Renowned Sikh leader Amrik Singh Ajnala expressed his dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs. He emphasized that a multitude of like-minded Sikh associations are expected to participate in this crucial meeting. Ajnala also conveyed a stern warning, indicating that the government’s neglect of the panthic leaders’ demands will hold it accountable for any subsequent consequences. He went on to remind that a delegation of panthic parties had previously engaged with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on July 2, 2022, conveying their concerns.

Among the demands presented during the delegation’s meeting with Chief Minister Mann was the urgent recovery of 328 ‘Saroops’ of Guru Granth Sahib that had mysteriously disappeared from the possession of the SGPC. Notably, this includes a century-old missing ‘Saroop’ from Gurdwara Ardaspur Sahib in Kalyan village of Patiala, as well as another ‘Saroop’ from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala.

Prominent panthic figures like Resham Singh and Chamkaur Singh have joined the chorus of voices demanding swift action. Their united call is for a thorough investigation into the criminal activities that have led to these disheartening incidents, and for those responsible to be held accountable before the law.

As the Sikh community prepares to convene on August 21, the stakes are high, and the spotlight remains firmly fixed on the Punjab government’s response to the concerns raised by these respected panthic leaders.

Parminder Singh Sodhi

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