APSCC anguished over ‘defacement’ of Leh Gurudwara
Srinagar, April 8: All Parties Sikh Coordination
Committee (APSCC) has expressed deep anguish and concern over the defacement of
a Gurdwara 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 within shortest possible time.
In a statement issued here, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan
Singh Raina said that some elements who want to divide people in the name of
religion have defaced the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib located at an altitude of 12,000
feet in Leh. Raina said that the outer structure of the Gurdwara 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“Symbols associated with Sikhism have been replaced by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 Gurdwara Pathar Sahib has historical importance as
it is linked with the travelogues of Guru Nanak Ji. Guru Nanak Dev Ji via
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 Gurdwara 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 Gurdwara. 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 Governor Satya Pal Malik and Chief of Army
Staff, General Bipin Rawat to intervene in the matter and order the army men to
restore the original status of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib. This would send a strong
signal to the people who are hell bent to destroy the secular fabric,” said