Srinagar, Apr 8 : Expressing deep anguish and concern over the alleged defacement of a Gurudwara in Leh of Ladakh region, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) on Monday demanded stern action against those dividing people in the name of religion.
APSCC chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina, in a statement here this afternoon, expressed deep anguish and concern over the defacement of a Gurudwara located in the Leh area of Ladakh division of Jammu & Kashmir. The Committee has urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to intervene and get the matter solved before more damage is done to brotherhood in Leh.
Raina said that some elements who want to divide people in the name of religion have defaced the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib located at an altitude of 12,000 feet in Leh. He alleged that the outer structure of the Gurudwara has been defaced by these divisive elements.
“Symbols associated with Sikhism have been replaced by symbols denoting Hindu religion and Buddhism. This action tantamount to interference in religious matters of Sikhs and the members of the community would not keep quiet over this issue. The people at helm should take the matter seriously and solve it as well,” said Raina.
The APSCC Chairman said that nobody has any right whatsoever to change the nomenclature of a religious place belonging to some other religion. He said that there is a strong resentment over this move and if the issue is not solved then the things may go out of control.
“The Gurudwara Pathar Sahib has historical importance as it is linked with the travelogues of Guru Nanak Dev Ji who after visiting Kashmir went to Leh Ladakh to Tibet and Mansarovar and other adjacent areas. Despite this historical importance the divisive elements have started to change the status of the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib,” said Raina.
The APSCC Chairman said that the old writings have been removed from the Gurdwara by the army unit located near the Gurudwara. He said the situation that has arisen may lead to another Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid like issue adding that Sikhs would not act as mute spectators to the whole issue.
“I appeal to Governor and Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat to intervene in the matter and order the army men to restore the original status of Gurudwara. This would send a strong signal to the people who are hell bent to destroy the secular fabric,” said Raina. (UNI)