According to reports, SAD (A) members shouted Pro-Khalistan, Anti-Badal and Anti-government during Giani Gurbachan Singh’s speech.
Giani Gurbachan Singh tried to continue speaking, however his speech was drowned out with echoes of “Khalistan Zindabad”. Sikh Sangat also raised anti-Badal slogans however the SGPC Task Force practised restraint and despite the slogans, the atmosphere remained peaceful.
Heavy security arrangements were made by the SGPC and the city police everywhere. Sikh Sangat was stopped at police barracks and questioned. Most however did not face any issues attending the June Ghallughara anniversary program at Sri Akal Takht Sahib.
While Bhai Dhian Singh Mand could not address the Sikh Sangat from Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Bhai Baljit Singh Daduwal was also arrested this morning by the Bathinda police along with 10 other Singhs. Bhai Bakshish Singh, Jathedar of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha was manhandled by the city police as he was accompanied by hundreds of Sikh youth wearing bana and holding Sri Sahibs. The SGPC had reports that Bhai Bakshish Singh may share a sandesh (edict) issued by Jathedar Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara.