Ludhiana, November 21, 2012: A number of meetings were held by various Sikh Organisations initiated by the Sikh Forum to discuss the unfortunate incident of violence at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib on November 15 and its follow.
It was felt that Sikh Sangat should do something to stop the violence and deteriorating the image of the community any further.
Hence it was decided to form a ‘Peace Committee’ of five persons and also include the nominees of the Sarna Group and Badal Group in this committee. The purpose of this committee is to negotiate with both groups to carry on political fight without resorting to any violence.
According to a release, the following 5 members of peace committee were appointed: Dr. J.S. Neki – Sikh Scholar and Former Director PGI Chandigarh, Ajeet Caur – Well known Writer, Joginder Singh - Former Director CBI, Dr. Amarjit Singh Narang – Professor, Political Science, IGNOU and H. S. Phoolka – Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India.
H. S. Phoolka would be the Coordinator of this Committee.
Two Nominees of Sarna Group in this Committee are: Bhajan Singh Walia and Tarsem Singh and two Nominees of Badal Group are: Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Harmeet Singh Kalkaji.
In a statement, H. S. Phoolka said it has also been decided to hold a ‘Candle Light Vigil’ at the spot of the violence (Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib) on November 23 at 5 pm.
Adding, he said the Peace Committee has started working and interacting with both the groups. The first meeting of the Peace Committee with the nominees of the both group is schedule on November 21. A number of organisations have decided to assemble together, do prayers for peace and seek the apology from Guru for desecration of Gurudwara Sahib and inability of Sangat to stop this.
Further, he said at this prayer meeting the Sangat will also seek blessings from Guru to give the strengthen to stop this kind of a violent incidents in future.