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The Multifarious Faces of Sikhism throughout Sikh History
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Sant Nirankaris cont'd

At that time, Haryana was having a dispute with Punjab over sharing of waters. Evidently, the majority of Sikhs felt that the Haryana courts would lean towards the Sant Nirankaris.

Jarnail Singh Bhindrawala (second from left) over the dead body of Fauja Singh

The Akali Dal allowed the Sant Nirankaris to move their case to avoid breaking up the coalition government. The Haryana court acquitted the Sant Nirankaris. Nirankari web site gives Nirankari version of above said and after math thus:

‘Quite predictably, the voice of truth first raised by Baba Buta Singh Ji and Avtar Singh Ji and now spread by Baba Gurbachan Singh was opposed by the orthodox. The rapid progress of the Mission under the divine leadership of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, in fact, upset these elements to the level of desperation. Baba Ji called upon them to first understand the Mission and then point out if there was anything wrong. But all his gestures fell flat on them. Nirankari congregations were disturbed at many places. Violent attacks were also reported from several centres. The worst in the chain was the attack on the Baisakhi Smagam in Amritsar on April 13th, 1978. Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji was scheduled to address the Samagam. But before he arrived, about 200 fanatics attacked the congregation. The police opened fire. Eighteen precious lives were lost. The incident was followed by a court case. Several Nirankari saints remained in judicial custody for more than two years before they were acquitted honourably. The case was declared to be false and fabricated. The court passed severe strictures against then government for filling a totally false case against innocent Nirankaris. The court held fanatics responsible for brutal attack on peaceful Nirankari congregation. While the case was on, Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji did not sit back due to the turmoil. He declared that such opposition Truth had always to face and the greatest quality of the saints is that they do not feel frustrated realising that the truth is on their side and it must triumph in the long run. There was, therefore, no let up in the activities of the Mission.’
Source: http://www.nirankari.com/history/hist4.htm

Gurbachan Singh
Gurbachan Singh attending a 'Samagam' in Delhi

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