Chandigarh: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has claimed that a Gurdwara in memory of Guru Nanak Dev in Arunachal Pradesh has been turned into a Buddhist shrine.
The SGPC said that photos shared by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on April 8 on social media made it clear that Gurdwara Guru Nanak Tapasthan in Mechuka has been converted into a Buddhist shrine.
Harjinder Singh Dhami, SGPC president alleged that the “act” is an attack on the Sikhs.
“Morever, converting any religious place of one community to that of another is a direct violation of Article 25 of the Constitution,” Dhami said.
The SGPC chief said there is a reference to Guru Nanak Dev’s visit to Mechuka in Shi Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh. And, the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Tapasthan was established in his memory, Dhami said.
“It is unfortunate that attempt has been made to destroy this memorial shrine of the first Sikh Guru,” he said.
The SGPC chief said it is unfortunate that the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, after visiting this historical Sikh shrine, is showcasing it as a Buddhist shrine.
“This act is going to hurt Sikh sentiments across the globe,” Dhami said, demanding that the President of India, the PM, the home minister and the National Commission for Minorities should take intervene immediately.
The SGPC chief said his organization is going to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his immediate action in the matter.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu could not be contacted for comments on the issue. His comment will be updated once it is released.