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US Based Sikh Leaders Condemn Attack On Controversial Sikh Preacher Dhaddrianwale

“It is an attack on the Sikh tradition and its ethos. This kind of violence on respectable and revered personalities among Sikhs is reprehensible. Some individuals who have been apprehended by the police have taken responsibility and have said they will continue to attack anyone who challenges their thought process, or criticizes their organization Damdami Taksaal’s head. This is totally repugnant and these kinds of actions have no place in Sikh practices and should be condemned by all those who love and practice Sikhism,” said Rajwant.

WASHINGTON – US based Sikh leaders have condemned the recent attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale at Ludhiana. Washington based Sikh Council on Religion and Education Chairman Dr Rajwant Singh said that the assassination attempt on the most famous and credible preacher of Sikhs is was highly condemnable and the way this attack was carried out under the pretext of organizing a Chhabeel was a heinous crime.

“It is an attack on the Sikh tradition and its ethos. This kind of violence on respectable and revered personalities among Sikhs is reprehensible. Some individuals who have been apprehended by the police have taken responsibility and have said they will continue to attack anyone who challenges their thought process, or criticizes their organization Damdami Taksaal’s head. This is totally repugnant and these kinds of actions have no place in Sikh practices and should be condemned by all those who love and practice Sikhism,” said Rajwant.

New York based largest Sikh Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society President Gurdev Singh Kang said, “this incident has brought shame to Sikhs all over the world and nobody should be allowed to cause fear amongst the preachers of Sikhism or those who are trying to spread the message of our Gurus. Punjab government must take immediate and stern action to apprehend those who were involved in the planning and execution of this attempted murder. We are also saddened that Dhaddrianwale’s associate Bhupinder Singh’s life was taken, who is survived by two small children and his wife.”

He further added, “we are continuously watching how the police investigation is unfolding, especially when all the evidence is clear and those who have been arrested have claimed responsibility. What is the government waiting for? If this kind of criminal activity is not curtailed immediately, this will send a very wrong signal about the functionality of Punjab government.

Washington DC based Guru Gobind Singh Foundation chairman Sarabjit Singh Sidhu said that US based Sikh organizations were watching that how the police investigation was unfolding, especially when all the evidence was clear and those who have been arrested had claimed responsibility. “What is the government waiting for,” he asked.

Meanwhile Rajwant said that the arrested accused tried to twist and justify their violent action by saying that this was due to Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale criticism of Dasam Granth was a false allegation. “This is a mere diversion tactic to create confusion in the Sikh community. Even if that was the case, attacking and taking a life cannot be justified under any circumstances,” he added.

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