The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday decided to display the portrait of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) militant Balwinder Singh Jatana, who killed government officials in 1990 while overseeing the construction of the disputed Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. Days after the Central Sikh Museum in the Golden Temple complex glorified singer Sidhu Mooswala in his posthumously released song ‘SYL’.
The decision was taken by the apex gurdwara body in its executive committee meeting following a demand from the separatist Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa. Earlier, on June 16, SGPC had unveiled Portrait of BKI militant Dilawar SinghOn August 31, 1995, he became a suicide bomber to assassinate the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh.
“Bhai Jatana has made a huge contribution to the conservation of Punjab’s river water. He took action to stop the construction of a canal that would share the state’s waters with Haryana and stop Punjab from becoming a desert. SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami said that his portrait will be kept in the museum in recognition of his contribution.
On March 24, 1990, the construction of the SYL canal was stopped after Jatana and his accomplices killed two officers in Chandigarh. On September 4, 1991, the Punjab Police were eliminated in an encounter. Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh thanked the SGPC for accepting their demand.
SGPC to develop Gurbani app
Days after asking the Akal Takht Jathedar Committee to probe the flaws in Gurbani apps, the SGPC has decided to create a mobile app on Gurbani, Sikh history and Sikh rehat maryada.
“Flaws were confirmed in the report of the sub-committee formed to probe the database of these apps. Action will be taken to close such applications and soon a database of Nitnem (daily prayers) and other banis (hymns) will be created and an application will be developed by SGPC. If any private developer seeks approval to launch the app, then the Gurbani database will be provided to them as per the rules,” Dhami said.
Among other resolutions, it was decided to revive the tradition of holding an annual historical conference through the Sikh History Research Council. Following the demand from Australia, 220 holy Saroops (scriptures) of Guru Granth Sahib will be sent there by chartered flight, Dhami said. A decision was also taken to preserve the Haveli (mansion) of Peer Budhu Shana at Sadhaura in Yamunanagar district of Haryana.
Meanwhile, the SGPC condemned the Punjab government’s decision to create an industrial park by “destroying” Mattewara forest in Ludhiana district and sought its emergence. Speaking on the final report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which ruled out any political connection behind the 2015 rape cases, the SGPC president asked leaders who were “politicizing the issue” to apologize to the Sikh Panth. (Community).