‘Demolition’ of memorial leads to tension in village
Payal, January 19
Tension prevailed at Sidhsar Sehora village and its surrounding areas when an SGPC team allegedly demolished a memorial of Baba Sihan Ji Gill Jhalla, a disciple of Sikh Guru Hargobind.
The tension was diffused when religious and social leaders, led by Raghbir Singh Saharanmajra, a member of the SGPC, assured the villagers to reconstruct the memorial.
A majority of local residents are the followers of Baba Sihan Ji Gill Jhalla. They were shocked when they found that SGPC officials had started a path of Guru Granth Sahib at a seven-storey building after "demolishing" historic installations related with the Baba.
The villagers, led by Lakhvir Singh Lakha and Inder Preet Singh Mangewal, alleged the SGPC had hurt the sentiments of thousands of Sikhs of Jhalla sub-caste by damaging the memorial of their forefather. Raghbir Singh Saharanmajra, a member of the SGPC, said: "There was a dispute regarding the ownership of the land. The SGPC took possession of the land after a court verdict. The SGPC wanted to hold an akhand path here, so the structure was demolished. The issue will be resolved soon”.