Gurbachan Singh

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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 in 1962.

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 of barred Nirankari Chief Gurbachan Singh from...
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