Police with Canine Units Patrol Kala-Afghani Lehar Center where Ragi was to visit.
Brampton, Toronto (KP) – Ex-communicated heretic, Ragi Darshan and his cronies suffered another major setback when a 3-day function in his Canadian hometown collapsed and was cancelled amidst the chaos and boisterous protests by the greater Toronto Sikh community.
The pro-Kala Afghani Sikh Lehar Center on Bramsteele Road in Brampton, commonly referred to as the “ਸਿੱਖ ਜ਼ਹਿਰ ਸੈਂਟਰ”, became the center of controversy again, after organizers decided to host a weekend function and invite the ex-communicated Ragi who is forbidden by Sri Akal Takht Sahib from utilizing the platforms of any Sikh institution.
Earlier, Sikh community members voiced their concerns to the Peel Regional Police. They had warned that if the pro-Kala Afghani Sikh Lehar Center allowed the controversial Ragi to perform Kirtan at the complex, it would be a serious violation of Sri Akal Takht Sahib Edicts; which could trigger a fierce backlash from the Sikh community.
Despite the warnings, the organizers went ahead and scheduled the function anyway. The function was to be initiated Friday evening, and conclude on Sunday.
By early evening on Friday, hundreds of protestors from the Sikh community, young and old, had gathered outside the Lehar Center. Their message was simple: they would not allow the ex-communicated Ragi Darshan on stage.
Protests have followed the Ragi everywhere in India and Europe since he was ex-communicated from the Sikh Panth in January of 2010. Fearing the wrath of the Sikh Sangat, the Ragi decided to not show up at the Brampton venue but left his supporters stuck in a conundrum.
Below are some highlights of the events from Friday.
- Several Hundred members of Toronto's Sikh Community Unite Against Ragi an his Kala-Afghani Supporters
- Fearing opposition, Ragi Darshan fails to show up at anti-Panthic venue
- Kala-Afghanis Armed with Sticks and Rods Challenge and Assault Sikh Sangat
- Main organizers, Manjit Mangat, Jagdish Mangat publicly humiliated by Sikh Activists
- Police shield organizers from massive show of force by Sikh community
The pro-Kala Afghani Sikh Lehar Center is not new to controversy, earlier this year, one of its members, Harman Mann, had publicly rediculed Sri Jaap Sahib and challenged the Sikh community with his blasphemous remarks. Several Panthic sevadars accepted his 'challenge' and came over to the Lehar Center earlier this year and disciplined Harman Mann appropriately.