Upset over the alleged act of sacrilege of a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village in Kotkapura a few days ago and subsequent killing of protesting Sikh youths, seven SGPC members today announced to quit the religious body.
They are Jaspal Kaur Mehraj of Rampura Phul, Avtar Singh Ghariala of Tarn Taran, Gurpal Singh Gora of Gidderbaha, Jaswant Singh Purain of Sibhwan Bet, Kaka Sukhjit Singh Lohgarh, Jagtar Singh Rode and Sukh Harpreet Singh Rode.
Rampura Phul: Mehraj announced her decision while addressing protesters in the town. She said she took the decision over the sorry state of religious affairs.
Accusing the government of not taking adequate steps after the theft of a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib from Bargari village, she said timely action against the culprits could have saved the state from the ongoing unrest among the Sikh community.
Moga: Congress leader Lohgarh, an independent member of the SGPC, Sukh Harpreet Singh Rode of Samalsar and Jagtar Singh Rode, a nominated member, too submitted their resignations.
Lohgarh alleged the Akali leadership was playing dirty politics in the name of religion for vested political interests. Jagtar Singh was arrested while protesting against the Sikh clergy over the grant of pardon to the dera chief last week. Sukh Harpreet termed the Kotkapura incident as an attempt by the Akalis to curb the voice of the Sikhs.