amritsar-position-bhandari-november-amritsar-november-hindustan_68e32940-8768-11e5-a7f1-e2f2603d1a70Amidst heavy security arrangements, the controversial Sarbat Khalsa (congregation of Sikhs) began with the bhog ceremony of Akhand Path at Chabba village on the outskirts of Amritsar on Tuesday.

Thousands of people attended the event. Many Sikh leaders also reached the spot.

Addressing the congregation, various Sikh leaders blamed the Parkash Singh Badal-led government for the sacrilege incidents across the state. They also urged people to support the decision taken by the Khalsa Panth.

Meanwhile, Security have been beefed up in holy city to prevent any law and order situation in thw wake of the Sarbat Khalsa being organised by ‘Panthic’ leaders, including hardliners.

Over 5,000 security personnel have been deployed across the city. Paramilitary forces, including the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force (BSF), and the Rapid Action Force, are keeping tight vigil at all important spots.

Special security arrangements have been made near the venue on the Amritsar-Tarn Taran road.

Tight vigil is being kept in areas near the Golden Temple. Surveillance cameras have been put in place at Hall Gate, Jallianwala Bagh and Katra Sher Singh.

All roads leading to the venue are being heavily guarded. Strict instructions have been given to security forces to not allow any big gatherings across the city during and after the Sarbat Khalsa. Vehicles are being thoroughly searched at special check points set up across the city.

News source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/sarbat-khalsa-bhog-ceremony-of-akhand-path-performed-people-start-reaching-the-venue/story-4a7kGuwRRCaP8pPa6zugSL.html