Gurus descendants refuse to give manuscripts

Mr Aulakh said that the family was asked to hand over the manuscripts to the SGPC to keep them safely in the Sikh reference library. In lieu of that the family was proposed to be given photostat copies of the manuscripts and a certificate authenticating their lineage with the Guru Tegh Bahadur and highlighting their services to Sikhism.

The family member, however, declined to hand over the manuscripts to the SGPC. Instead they proposed that a place should be constructed by the SGPC to safely keep the manuscripts in their ancestral house in Anandpur Sahib. The SGPC was even willing to consider the proposal if the family transferred the property in which the manuscripts were to be kept in the name of SGPC. However, the family even turned down this proposal.

Mr Aulakh, however, expressed hope that the family would be persuaded about handing over the manuscripts to the SGPC in the due course of time.

He also said that the SGPC team headed by Giani Tarlochan Singh had also surveyed various manuscripts in the possession of the Sodhi family. The family possessed many valuable manuscripts that might have been hand written by Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Gobind Singh. Though some of the manuscripts were readable others were in a pretty bad shape. If those manuscripts were not preserved in time the chances were they might perish.

Meanwhile, the police had also failed in locating a thief who on Wednesday allegedly stole a granth containing handwritten versus of Guru Tegh Bahadur and a Chau Pai Sahib written by Guru Gobind Singh.


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