Baba Gurbachan Singh
was the leader of the Sant Nirankari
sect, considered to be heterodox by mainstream Sikh
. He was declared Satguru
by his predecessor Baba Avtar Singh
He should not be confused with Gurbachan Singh Manochahal.
Events of 1978-1980
In 1978, the Nirankari mission from Delhi
and other parts of the Indian sub-continent
gathered a congregation at Amritsar
. A few orthodox Sikhs of Akhand Kirtani Jatha
and Damdami Taksal
marched from the Darbar Sahib
to protest Nirankari congregation, who they considered heterodox
. In the resulting violence, 13 individuals including Jatha
leader Bhai Fauja Singh
were killed, while Sixty four followers of the Nirankari mission were arrested.
On April 13, 1978 detained members of Nirankari sect were released, after formal charges against them were rejected by the session-Judge of Karnal
, who stated in his judgement "The case of the prosecution was intrinsically wrong. It was all frame-up and after thought."
On 25 September 1978, Gurbachan Singh arrived in Kanpur
. A group of protesters arrived at the Nirankari Bhawan
to protest his presence On 28 September 1978, anticipating fresh trouble, then Punjab Government
barred Nirankari Chief Gurbachan Singh from... Read More