Punjab police has cancelled the leaves of all cops within the state until April 14 after radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh sought a gathering of the Sikhs later this month, mentioned sources.
Amritpal, who has been evading arrest since his supporters overran a police station over the arrest of certainly one of his aides, has requested the chiefs of the highest Sikh physique, Akal Takht, to convene the “Sarbat Khalsa” gathering in Punjab’s Bathinda on the event of Baisakhi on April 14.
Till then, the leaves of all gazetted and non-gazetted officers has been cancelled, Punjab DGP mentioned in a message to the officers, in response to sources. All beforehand sanctioned leaves stand cancelled and the heads have been requested to not sanction any contemporary go away until April 14.
The separatist’s attraction for the congregation got here in two video messages that surfaced final month. He additionally requested the jathedars (chiefs of Akal Takht) to take out a non secular procession from the Akal Takht in Amritsar to Damadama Sahib in Bathinda forward of the gathering on Baisakhi.
Solely the Akal Takht chief can determine whether or not to name such a congregation after consulting with Sikh students and intellectuals, high gurdwara physique Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) mentioned following Amritpal’s request.
“It’s the private want of Amritpal Singh. It’s the sole prerogative of the Akal Takht jathedar to name or not name a ‘Sarbat Khalsa’. The jathedar would see what must be finished beneath the prevailing circumstances,” SGPC basic secretary Gurcharan Singh Grewal informed information company PTI.
‘Sarbat Khalsa’ congregations have been known as solely on two different events – in 2015 and 1986. The final one was held on February 16, 1986.