Saturday, 24 September 2011

Fight over rare manuscripts of Holy Guru Granth

Badungar assures help to freedom fighter Gurnam Singh

Noted Sikh scholar and former SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar has assured to look into the complaint of Colonel Gurnam Singh (retd) that he was being pressurised to donate his rare replicas of Guru Granth Sahib. The police has also assured not to trouble the veteran armyman Gurnam Singh.

Colonel Gurnam Singh (retd), grandson of renowned Sikh historian and scholar Baba Prem Singh, has alleged harassment at the hands of certain police officials posted in the district, alleging that these officers have connived with a local SGPC employee in trying to usurp rare olden replicas of Guru Granth Sahib and have raided his house thrice.

“The block printed replicas, which were brought to India by noted Sikh scholar Baba Prem Singh who was personally invited by the Maharaja of Patiala to settle in Patiala after the Partition, are under threat to be usurped,” claims Gurnam Singh.

Badungar claimed that he would visit the house of Gurnam Singh in a couple of days and ensure that no one harasses his family. “This is a religious issue and I would ensure that justice is done,” he added.

Father of Gurnam Singh, Manmohan Singh Bhalla was a freedom fighter
himself while Gurnam’s brother is former senior police officer.

According to Gurnam Singh, he had two very old replicas of the sacred holy book and as he was staying alone in the house with his mother Rajinder Kaur (90) a freedom fighter and holder of the Tamra Patra, they decided to donate one book to a religious shrine almost a month ago. “A few people came to get the sacred book from me but as we doubted their integrity, we refused”, claimed Rajinder Kaur.

Tribune News Service, Patiala, September 23

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