Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 2
The SGPC has appealed to Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ensure that the Sikhs have all liberty to wear their religious symbols in his state.
SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar has stated this in a recent communiqué sent to the UP Chief Minister.
The SGPC move came in the backdrop of the Chief Minister’s security guards forcing an Amritdhari Sikh, Tejpal Singh, to take off his Kirpan before allowing him to meet Yogi.
Badungar said the incident hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.
He has asked the Chief Minister to direct his administrative officials to acknowledge and extend respect to religious symbols of the Sikhs.
He has mentioned that the Constitution of the country permits the Sikhs to wear Kirpan and it was the Chief Minister’s duty to safeguard constitutional rights of people of all faiths.
Badungar said everybody was legally empowered to practice his or her faith and any violation on this count must be dealt firmly, he suggested.
Letter to Rajasthan CM
Meanwhile, the Shiromani committee has already formed a three-member panel to probe public thrashing of four Sikh youths in Rajasthan, which went viral on the social media.
Members of the committee include Shiromani committee member Surjit Singh Kang, additional secretary Bijay Singh and in-charge of the Sikh mission in Rajasthan, Harpreet Singh.
The committee will soon visit Rajasthan to probe the matter.
In a letter written to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Badungar has asked her to take action against the group of people who took law into their hands by thrashing four Sikhs, working as sewadars in a gurdwara at Chainpur village in Ajmer district. He said the video also showed that their ‘Kes’ and turbans, were disrespected.
‘Safeguard rights of Sikhs’
- Badungar has asked the UP Chief Minister to direct his administrative officials to acknowledge and extend respect to religious symbols of the Sikhs.
- He has mentioned that the Constitution of the country permits the Sikhs to wear Kirpan and it was the Chief Minister’s duty to safeguard constitutional rights of people of all faiths…
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