The cooks at the langar of the historic Gurdwara (Gurudwara) Bangla Sahib in Delhi realised they had cooked 30 kg of fake dal and had to throw it away last Tuesday. ‘Plastic’ lentils were discovered in the store on Wednesday, too, but detected before being cooked.
Since this incident, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee has increased the security of the langar hall in all major gurdwaras. The committee has appealed to the sangats to accept donated material like dough, dal and rice only in sealed packets of bona fide brands. Unpacked edible items will not be accepted in gurdwaras henceforth.
With this development, the langar system started by Guru Nanak has fallen victim to adulteration. According to sources, the gurdwara committee has made arrangements to catch the adulterers. CCTV cameras are now installed at vantage points.
Apart from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Rakabganj Sahib, Sisganj Sahib, Nanak Pyau, Moti Bagh, Majnu Ka Tila have 24-hour langars. Thousands of people eat at these langars daily.
Sources say those responsible for running the langar at Bangla Sahib detected the fake pulses in the nick of time, averting a mishap. The ‘plastic’ pulses were shining a lot, which made the langri suspicious.
Gurdwara committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa (also a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal) said it was a matter of great surprise that there could be people who wanted to discredit the langar. In such a situation, all gurdwaras and Singh Sabhas should be alert.
Sirsa said, “We are now taking full precautions. More staff has been deployed outside and inside the langar hall. Whoever accepts the supplies at night will use only the langar and check lentils and all other edible items.”
The Jago Party has attacked the gurdwara committee. JP general secretary Parminderpal Singh said Sirsa believed pulses were thrown away only twice after being found to have been adulterated. “But they are not saying what is the source of adulteration. Were the lentils soaked and put in cauldrons without checking?”