Freedom fighter’s daughter locked for 2 hrs in gurdwara
Sangrur: Family members of freedom fighter Mehar Singh, who was part of Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army, have accused the management of SGPC-controlled Gurdwara Nankiana Sahib of keeping them locked on the premises on February 10.Mehar Singh’s daughter Jasmeet Kaur, who went to the gurdwara with husband Jagtar Singh for ardas, said: “Gurdwara manager Ranjit Singh and other staffers misbehaved with us. He got the gate locked. We remained confined for around two hours.”Ranjit claimed that the couple had failed to furnish documents needed before performing Anand Karaj.However, Jasmeet said their Anand Karaj had been held recently. “Our marriage was solemnised a few days ago. On February 10, we went to the gurdwara for ardas, for which no document is needed,” she added.“They clicked photos inside the gurdwara without our permission. When we sought documents, they failed to produce the same. No member of the girl’s family was present. The couple had come for Anand Karaj, not ardas. I have asked the police to initiate legal action against them,” Ranjit said.Harinder Pal Singh Khalsa, president of the Punjab State Freedom Fighters Descendants’ Association, met SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal today and demanded action against the gurdwara management. Khalsa, who got the gate unlocked, announced to start an agitation if the SGPC failed to take action against Ranjit. Longowal said he would look into the matter.