Devotees leave for Haridwar

Sikh devotees led by All India Sikh Conference (Babbar) president Gurcharan Singh Babbar and Sant Samaj leader Baljit Singh Daduwal on Tuesday left for Haridwar to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at a spot near Har Ki Pauri — where they claim the 450-year-old Gurdwara Gian Godhri Sahib was demolished in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

On Monday, Babbar and Daduwal had alleged that the Uttarakhand Police had banned the entry of Sikhs in the state, particularly in Haridwar, to prevent them from reaching the spot where the gurdwara existed.

Haridwar SSP Arun Mohan Joshi, however, had said the police were not preventing Sikhs, but "identifying and stopping such persons who could pose a threat to communal harmony".

The Uttarakhand Police have deployed forces in and around Haridwar to prevent any law and order problem.

Babbar on Tuesday said he had sent a reminder to the President and Prime Minister, drawing their attention on the "ban" and seeking their intervention.

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