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SGPC to oppose PCOCA, announces next election for November 29 | SNE

By  The Times of India city .
Nov 07, 2017

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PATIALA: President of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak committee Kirpal Singh Badungar here on Monday said the mini-parliament of the Sikhs would oppose any move by the state government to introduce Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA) in the state claiming that it could lead to exploitation of the minority communities in the state.

The state Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh minister during his Patiala visit had made it clear that the cabinet sub-committee headed by health minister Brahm Mohindra had been asked to complete the modalities of the said Act so that it could be implemented in the state within this month.

The president of the SGPC, who was here to preside over the last executive committee meeting of the body for the current year, said the SGPC would soon be writing to the chief minister expressing its reservation against PCOCA in the state and if need be they would even send a delegation of senior members of the SGPC to the state government to convey their feelings against such an act. He said experiments with similar laws in other states had already failed and the state government should keep in mind that the existing laws were quite strong and that was needed was a political will to implement these effectively.

Badungar said as the annual tenure off the SGPC came to an end on November 5, the executive today decided to hold its annual elections on November 29 at Teja Singh Samundri hall at Amritsar for which the formalities of the issuance of the mandatory 21-day notice had been initiated.

He said that during today’s meeting it was also decided to collect information and pictures of those who had suffered during the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots. He said it was decided that while the pictures of those killed in the 1984 riots would be put up at the Sikh Museum at Amritsar, the SGPC would also come out with a book carrying details of the Sikhs and their families, who had become victims of these riots. The SGPC executive even gave in principle approval for constitution of a fact-finding committee, which would collect information of the victims of Anti-Sikh riots, Badungar said.
He said that SGPC would continue with its efforts to protect and preserve the mother tongue Punjabi and said that SGPC would soon be writing to the administration of Chandigarh to give due respect to the language in the union territory.

Meanwhile in a separate statement, the Dal Khalsa welcomed the SGPC decision to put up the pictures and paintings depicting violence unleashed on the Sikhs sponsored and conspired by the Indian political leadership and executed by frenzied mobs in Nov 1984 in Delhi and elsewhere.

SGPC took this decision on the demand raised by Dal Khalsa. We are thankful to SGPC president, Secretary and executive committee for responding to our plea positively, that too so quickly, said party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh.

Notably, Dal Khalsa in a memorandum submitted to SGPC last week demanded that paintings and pictures depicting the November 1984 genocide be put up in the Sikh Central Museum, lest the coming generations forget the tragic event.
In the memo, Dal Khalsa leaders said the Sikh Central museum has paintings and pictures depicting atrocities perpetrated by Mughal emperors and British rulers of the last century. On the same pattern, we request SGPC to put up paintings and pictures showing barbarism of Indian leaders of present times.

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