The Akal Takht cautioned the Bihar Government that the protests outside Takht Patna Sahib by supporters of former Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh could lead to a serious breach of law and order.
On Saturday, Akal Takht officiating Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh declared Giani Iqbal Singh ‘tankhaiya’ (guilty of religious misconduct) and barred him from participating in any meeting, task, or programme related to Takht Patna Sahib.
Giani Harpreet Singh today urged the Bihar Government to be cautious against such ‘disgruntled elements’, adding that if the situation couldn’t be controlled, Sikhs from Punjab would converging on Patna Sahib to deal with them.
Takht Patna Sahib’s management board had already submitted a written request to the Patna Sahib authorities to take action against them, but without success.
According to reports, Giani Iqbal Singh’s local supporters have burned an effigy of Giani Harpreet Singh since the former was declared ‘takhaiya’.
As well, a few Takht Patna Sahib board members opposed the ‘tankhah’ (religious punishment) they were subjected to by Giani Harpreet Singh for attempting to ‘re-induct’ Giani Iqbal Singh into Takht affairs.
It is ironic that they had apologized before the Akal Takht and had consented to furnish the terms of ‘tankhah’ yesterday.