Sikh villagers in Punjab opposed the construction of a church in their village. Moga’s Ghal Kalan panchayat has asked the district administration to stop the construction of a church on the village land, claiming that it may ‘disturb the religious harmony’.
The Ghal Kalan panchayat, in a resolution, said during a meeting headed by sarpanch Gurpratap Singh, a discussion was held on the ongoing construction of the church on village land near the national highway.
“Ghal Kalan village has no Christian population. The district administration should stop the construction of the church, which may disturb the religious harmony, observing the present circumstances,” it reads.
According to the Hindustan Times, Sarpanch Gurpratap Singh said, “It came to our notice that construction of a permanent structure of the church has been started in the village. The land was bought by a property dealer, who does not belong to the village, for developing a colony. There is no one from the Christian community in our village, so we have written to the district administration to get the construction work stopped.”
“There are recent incidents of clashes between religious groups and we don’t want our village to be part of this tussle,” he added.
Jalandhar-based pastor Ankur Narula had planned a ‘grand opening’ of the ‘Moga Church Branch’ at Ghal Kalan on December 18.