Tension mounts again between Sikhs, Dera
Tension mounts again between Sikhs, Dera men
BATHINDA: Tension is once again mounting in Bathinda along with Dabwali, Sirsa regions of Haryana. Dera followers are also planning to embark on an agitation, demanding the arrest of some radical Sikh leaders who are allegedly fuelling the controversy.
Even as Dabwali police and district administration had registered a criminal case against some unknown persons for torching the shops in Dabwali on July 18, the followers have demanded the arrest of those involved in the incident as no action has been taken so far.
The followers submitted a list of 167 Sikhs to district magistrate, Sirsa, demanding their arrest before August 4.
Dera followers even submitted a list of three radical Sikh leaders, including Balwant Singh Nandgarh, jathedar Takht Damdama Sahib and Baljit Singh Daduwal of Sant Samaj, accusing them of provoking Sikhs to set houses and shops afire.
However, arresting the three Sikh leader or any one of 167 Sikhs is a very difficult task for the police. So the police in the Sirsa and Dabwali area are caught in a difficult situation as, unlike Punjab, the strength of Dera followers is more than the Sikhs in the rural and urban areas of Sirsa. Situation is equally volatile in Bathinda where Baljit Singh Daduwal started a religious function on Friday. While Daduwal is vocal in his remarks against the Dera, the district administration fears any unpleasant remark against Dera could incite Dera followers. It is making all efforts to ensure that Daduwal refrains from any remarks about Dera.