SGPC commemorates 1955 Golden Temple police attack : The Tribune India

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Amritsar, 4th of July

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today held a rally at Gurdwara Sri Manjhib Diwan Hall to commemorate the July 4, 1955 attack on the Golden Temple during the Punjab Subha Morcha.

SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami, who was present at the programme, said the attack took place at the holiest site of the Sikh community, which contributed greatly to India’s independence movement.

“Eight years after Indian independence, the attack was a clear indication of the Congress government’s excesses to suppress the legitimate Sikh demand for a Punjab state. Then, in June 1984, the then Congress government attacked a central holy site of the Sikh community, inflicting deep wounds on the community that it will never forget,” he said.

Dhami said the Sikh community is being targeted even now with a view to destroying its institutions. “Government excesses are on the rise to weaken the SGPC. Just as the Punjab Nationalist Congress government launched police attacks inside Sri Durbar Sahib in 1955, the current ruling Ahmed party has made desperate attempts through the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925. The Sikh community has always reacted to such conspiracies and will continue to react strongly to such anti-Sikh movements in the future,” Dhami said.

Meanwhile, after Shri Akhand Path Sahib’s bhog (closing ceremony) (uninterrupted recitation of Guru Granth Sahib), the jatha of Hazoori Ragi Bhai Harwinder Singh performed Gurbani Kirtan and Bhai Baljit Singh offered Ardas (Sikh prayer). Bhai Harmitar Singh, the katawachak (speaker of discourses) of Gurdwara Sri Manjhi Sahib, apprised the sangat about the history of the incident.

During the congregation, Dadi (balladeer) Bhai Gurbaiji Singh Chawinda, Bhai Gurpreet Singh Bangoo and preacher Bhai Harpreet Singh Wadala shared history with the congregation.

SGPC Commissioner Harjap Singh Sultanwind, Secretary Partap Singh, Additional Secretaries Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, Balwinder Singh Karwan, Vijay Singh, Deputy General Secretaries Prof Sukhdev Singh, Shahbaz Singh, Superintendent of Education Malkit Singh Beharwal and Sangat were present on the occasion.

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