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‘Short circuit caused fire at SGPC press’: Probe panel on May accident

The fire on the third floor of the Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan in Amritsar had partially burnt five birs of the Sikh holy book.

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Amritsar |
September 27, 2016 4:48:06 am

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) has held no one responsible for the fire that broke out at its only press, in May this year, from where it published copies of the Guru Granth Sahib to distribute all over the world.

The fire on the third floor of the Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan in Amritsar had partially burnt five birs of the Sikh holy book. A panel that was formed to probe the incident found that a short circuit had led to the fire.

The building is important for Sikhs as it is the only centre in the world from where the Guru Granth Sahib is published as SGPC holds the rights for the same.

The Akal Takht Jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh and SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar had announced a police complaint against committee members for the fire. They also called for better arrangements for security of the holy book in all Gurdwaras, especially in the wake of many alleged desecration episodes coming to light.

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The five-member panel that looked into the incident, however, found no CCTV cameras in the building.

Rajinder Singh Mehta, one of the panel members, said, “The fire broke out due to a short circuit in the air conditioning unit. We had recommended new air conditioning system for building and work has already started on it. There were no CCTV cameras installed at the time. Now new cameras will be installed as part of building revamp.”

On the Akal Takht and SGPC recommending a police complaint in the case, Mehta said there was no need to dig up a four-month old issue.


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