Heritage being axed at Guru Ka Bagh

Guru Ka Bagh is 20 km from Amritsar. The mahant finally handed over the shrine to the Shiromani committee. However, later he repudiated a part of the agreement, saying that though he had surrendered the gurdwara to the SGPC, the piece of land known as Guru Ka Bagh attached to it was still his property. He objected to Sikhs cutting down trees on that land for langar.

The police, willing to oblige him, arrested five Sikhs on August 9, 1922, on a charge of trespass. The following day, the arrested Sikhs were hurriedly tried and sentenced to a six-month rigorous imprisonment.

The local people have urged the SGPC to check the depleting forest cover adjoining the historical gurdwaras. They rued that though the orchards on a few acres were intact while shady trees, which were once part of the gurdwara structure, had been cut to widen the “parikarma”.

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