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200 Sikh devotees returning from Pakistan test Covid positive, misbehave with medical workers

Among 816 Sikh devotees returning from Pakistan 200 of the 650 Sikhs tested positive for the Covid Virus reported ANI. Dr. Charanjit Singh who is a civil surgeon in Amritsar issued a statement saying that they had to stop testing midway as the returnees started misbehaving with the medical staff. He also said that in addition to filing a complaint against those involved, a probe would also be initiated against them.

At least 100 Sikh devotees mainly from Punjab, who returned from Pakistan after visiting several shrines on the occasion of Baisakhi, on Thursday tested positive for coronavirus on their return to Bharat through the Wagah border near Amritsar, officials said.

A ‘jatha‘ of 815 pilgrims reached Pakistan’s Lahore on April 12 to celebrate Khalsa Sajna Diwas and Baisakhi at the religiously significant Sikh shrines.

A total of 100 out of 350 devotees tested positive for coronavirus through a rapid antigen test, an official told IANS. However, the result of many other devotees is awaited.

The Pakistani High Commission in Delhi had issued visas to 1,100 Sikh pilgrims. Before departing to Pakistan, all those who tested negative for Covid-19 were allowed to cross the Attari-Wagah Joint Check Post.

They were granted a 10-day visa by Pakistan and were allowed to visit Sikh shrines besides attending the main function at Gurdwara Panja Sahib at Hasan Abdal on April 14.

On their return, they paid obeisance at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur on April 19 and took out a ‘nagar kirtan‘ from there to the Zero Line located along Dera Baba Nanak on the Bharatiya side.

Dr. Singh has alleged that the devotees manhandled their staff and hence the testing process was halted. It remains to be seen what action would be taken against the errant devotees.

(With IANS inputs)

(Featured Image Source: ANI)

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