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Buddah Dal Chief Dies at Age 85   E-mail 

May 8. Baba Santa Singh, the 85-year old head of the Buddah Dal, a Nihang order, who was excommunicated from the faith for opposing the apex Sikh clergy after Operation Bluestar in 1984, passed away on Thursday evening. He had been in a coma for several months before he died at Rajendra Hospital in Patiala. He remained chief of the Buddah Dal for over four decades after taking charge in 1968.

Once a respected figure amongst Sikhs, Baba Santa Singh attracted the ire of the entire community in 1984 after he accepted then home minister Buta Singh’s request to rebuild the holy Akal Takht which had been damaged during the Indian Army assault on the Golden Temple complex in June 1984.

Disgraced by excommunication from the faith for this, he was later re-admitted after fervent requests in 2001. He is succeeded by Bhai Balbir Singh, a senior member of the Buddah Dal, who was given charge more than a year ago by Baba Santa Singh himself.


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