In a departure from previous occasions, the top leadership of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the ruling Akali Dal stayed away from a function on Sunday within the Golden Temple complex in which the Jathedar of the Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh, honoured the relatives of assassins of the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. At the function organised to mark the 24th anniversary of the hanging of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, the Jathedar bestowed “siropa” (robes of religious honour) on their relatives.

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