Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 3
Verka residents have invited criticism for opposing the cremation of former Hazoori Ragi of Golden Temple Nirmal Singh Khalsa, who passed away after testing positive for Covid.
Akal Takht officiating Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has appealed to people to be sympathetic towards a person who gets infected with the virus.
The Shiromani Ragi Sabha, Golden Temple, Amritsar, has announced to boycott Verka area for any religious occasion.
Questioning the role of administration and police, agitating ragis said during the lockdown, if there was a ban of assembly of more than three persons at one place, how could a group of 200 people gather and lock the crematorium in Verka?
Sabha president Bhai Onkar Singh said, “If the Verka residents could not spare six-ft land to cremate a humble soul who must have performed “kirtan” and “ardas” at many houses in the locality, we too have no sympathy for them.”
SGPC to start akhand path
The SGPC has announced to hold “akhand path” at Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib to pray for the departed soul. SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said the “akhand path” would be held on April 9 followed by a “bhog” on April 11. “We have spoken to his son Amiteshwar Singh in this regard. Only those who were closely associated wtih Bhai Nirmal Singh will attend the ‘bhog’,” he said.
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