In the backdrop of the recent violence at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj on November 15 in which Delhi unit president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) Manjit Singh had sustained serious injuries, a delegation of the party met Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on Monday and demanded actions against those who had carried out the attack.

The delegation, which comprised Mr. Singh, party national vice-president Onkar Singh Thapar, secretary general Kuldip Singh Bhogal, and national organising secretary Harmit Singh Kalka among others described the attack as an “incident of hooliganism” by their rival group.

‘Concocted cases’

The delegation demanded that the “concocted cases” registered against Mr. Singh and other SAD leaders be withdrawn. It alleged that Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Paramjit Singh Sarna was responsible for the violence and demanded that he and members of his Task Force who had carried out the attack be arrested.

The SAD (Badal) leaders have also demanded that to ensure fairness in the probe – as allegations and counter-allegations have been levelled – a committee of all the formers presidents of the DSGMC be appointed to look into the matter and give a report for initiating necessary steps.

Necessary action

The Lieutenant-Governor is learnt to have assured the delegation that necessary action in the matter would be taken and the culprits would be booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. He also directed Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to do the needful in the matter.

The SAD (Badal) leaders also submitted a memorandum to Mr. Khanna demanding that he stop the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from intervening in the religious affairs of the Sikhs and ensure that elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee are held before December 31 as has been directed by the Supreme Court.