CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has criticized the Uttarakhand government for arresting Sikhs who were on their way to pay obeisance at the site of demolished Gurdwara Gian Godri Sahib in Haridwar.
It may be recalled that the gurdwara was demolished by Hindu mobs in 1984 after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Badal said, the religious sentiments of any community should be respected, as our own Constitution has a secular approach and advocates to respect all religions.
Lashing out at Congress once again for meddling at the affairs of the Sikh community, Badal said, one the one hand Congress government in Delhi was interfering in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections, while on the hand the Uttarakhand government run by the same party had arrested Sikh devotees who were on a peaceful march.
The Fateh Yatra had started from Akal Takht on November 27 led by All India Sikh Conference president Gurcharan Singh Babbar and Sant Baljeet Singh Daduwal who were not allowed to cross the border and were arrested by the Uttarakhand administration.
The Sikh community has been time and again demanding reconstruction of gurdwara at Har ki Pauri where first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev had visited Haridwar.