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Dera Sacha Sauda chief tenders apology to Sikh community

Written by: Staff

Mohali, June 20 (UNI) The Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda sect has made a fresh offer to the Akal Takht, with the Dera head Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh tendering an apology to the Sikh community (Guru Panth) for his alleged blasphemous act of imitating Guru Gobind Singh and enacting the holy baptism ceremony, that occupy's an important place in Sikhism.

The apology letter in a sealed envelope and addressed to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vidanti was delivered to Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar by Congress MLA from Bathinda Harminder Singh Jassi, a close relative of Ram Raheem at a rest house here this evening.

Though the SGPC chief refused to discuss the contents of the letter with mediapersons, he indicated that it had come from the Sacha Sauda head. In fact the contents of the letter were discussed by Jathedar Makkar with Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Paramjit Singh Sarna and other religious leaders at the rest house.

According to SGPC sources, the letter with certain modifications and signed by Ram Raheem apologised to the Sikh community for having hurt the sentiments of the Sikhs for imitating Guru Gobind Singh during a sect function at Salabatpura village in Bathinda district last month. The earlier unsigned apology letter which was rejected by the Akal Takht had sought an apology from Guru Gobind Singh.

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