3 Nihangs booked for remarks against Banda Singh Bahadur


Shiv Kumar Sharma

Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, April 11

The police have booked three Nihangs for posting derogatory remarks against Banda Singh Bahadur on the internet.

On the complaint of Paramjeet Singh, a resident of the Professor Colony, Yamunanagar, a case was registered yesterday against Nihang Balbir Singh, Nihang Dharam Singh of Chhawani Buddha Dal, Patiala (Punjab), and Nihang Harnek Singh of Kapal Mochan under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 153 (disturbing harmony in society), 295 A (hurting religious sentiments), 506 (threatening to murder) and 120 B (hatching a criminal conspiracy) at the Bilaspur police station of Yamunanagar district.

The complainant said recently, Nihang Dharam Singh of Buddha Dal said in a video that Banda Singh Bahadur was an apostate. ‘Khalsa’ should not regard him and celebrate any festival related to him, as he had gone against ‘Khalsa’, Mata Sundari and Guru Gobind Singh.

“The post has hurt my religious sentiments. It is unbelievable that anybody can post such a malicious and rubbish thing against such a great personality of the Sikh religion,” said the complainant.

He said he had moved an application to the police on September 8, 2016, also. He said they had posted derogatory posts on the internet about Banda Singh Bahadur that time too, but the police didn’t register an FIR against them.

“When the said Nihangs came to know about the complaint last year, they started threatening him of dire consequences. Now they are continuously visiting Gurdwara Lohgarh Sahib connected with Baba Banda Singh Bahadur constructed by the local ‘sangat’ in Bhagwanpur village of Yamunanagar district for trespassing on the premises of the gurdwara,” said the complainant.