Thu. Dec 7th, 2023

Itanagar- A two-member crew of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) led by its vice-chairperson Kersi Okay. Deboo visited Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh’s Shi Yomi district to look at a disputed non secular website which each Buddhists and Sikhs declare to be their holy place.

Shi Yomi district officers on Friday stated that Beboo together with NCM member Rinchen Lhamo held a two-hour lengthy assembly with representatives of the Buddhist Memba group in Mechuka on Thursday and visited the Neh Pema Shelpu Drupkhang, a cave revered by the native Buddhist Memba group.

No consultant from the Sikh group, nevertheless, attended the assembly, officers stated.

Neh-Nang Cultural Development Society (NNCDS) President Norbu Tsering Naksang stated that they apprised the NCM members and highlighted all associated points.

The NNCDS represents the Memba group folks residing in giant areas of the Shi-Yomi district for hundreds of years.

“We have placed the issues arising out of mixing a gurudwara with our historical site, Neh Pema Shelpu Drupkhang where Rinpoche Padmasambhava meditated, ” Naksang informed the media on Friday.

Noting {that a} peaceable answer to the problem is required, he stated that they’re anticipating an acceptable choice from the NCM.

Associated with Guru Nanak, the founding father of Sikhism, the Neh Pema Shelpu Drupkhang shrine is about 14 km from the sub-divisional headquarters Mechuka.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has not too long ago alleged that the historic Neh Pema Shelpu Drupkhang gurdwara has been transformed right into a Buddhist shrine.

The matter drew consideration after Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu visited the shrine and shared footage on his Facebook web page on April 8.

Based on the SGPC’s declare, the NCM sought a factual report from the Arunachal Pradesh authorities on April 24.

Some folks claimed that the gurdwara, the place Guru Nanak had meditated, got here up after a Sikh military officer was posted there within the Eighties.

The locals additionally identified that the Army takes care of the gurdwara as no Sikhs have ever settled within the space to handle it.

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