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Youth occupies Guru’s ‘peehra’
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 26
A youth forcibly occupied the “holy peehra” (small cot), meant for the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in the wee hours today.

The incident occurred at 3 am. The youth, identified as Rajeev Kumar (21), a kesadhari, was seriously injured following thrashing by SGPC’s task force, radical Sikhs and sangat following the incident. Kirtan was in progress at that time before the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, which is taken from Akal Takht to the Golden Temple at 5 am every morning.

Though the SGPC has ordered an inquiry to be conducted by its secretary Dilmegh Singh to know whether there was a conspiracy behind the incident, the police has registered a criminal case against him. Deputy Commissioner Bhagwant Singh and SSP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh reached the Golden Temple immediately on getting the news.

This is for the first time that such an incident has occurred, amounting to the violation of age-old maryada (Sikh code of conduct). According to eyewitnesses, the youth jumped the brass railing and occupied the “peehra”. He was, however, overpowered by the sangat and taken to room number 52 in the SGPC complex.

Manager of the Golden Temple Harbhajan Singh said the youth said he was “ordained by Guru Nanak Dev” to occupy the “peehra”.

Meanwhile, the SSP office said the youth had been arrested in connection with the violation of maryada. Rajeev is son of Rattan Chand (an employee of the BSNL) and resident of Goalbagh, Amritsar. He was given first aid and later on shifted to a local hospital.

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