Lahore June 08 (TNS): Indian authorities on Thursday stopped around 60 Sikh Yatrees at the Atari railway station in Amritsar, refusing them passes to board the Samjota Express coming to Pakistan. The Samjota Express reached Lahore without the Sikh Yatrees onboard. The Indian authorities said that the Yatrees could not be sent in the Samjota Express due to security reasons. The Indian authorities claimed that the Sikh Yatrees had been issued special visas and they were supposed to be transported to Lahore in a special train. The Sikh Yatrees, who were coming to Pakistan to observe the death anniversaries of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Jorr Mela) and Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, staged a strong protest against the authorities and raised slogans, asking the authorities to allow them to go to Pakistan in any mode of transport.
Guru Arjan Dev Ji was the first martyr of the Sikh faith and the fifth of the ten Sikh Gurus, who compiled the first official edition of the Sikh scripture called the Adi Granth, which later expanded into the Guru Granth Sahib. He was born in Goindval, Punjab the youngest son of Guru Ram Das and Mata Bhani, the daughter of Guru Amar Das. He was the first Guru in Sikhism who was born in a Sikh family. Guru Arjan was arrested under the orders of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and asked to convert to Islam. He refused, was tortured and executed in 1606.