The Hush Post| 12:39 pm|one-minute-read|
Controversial godman Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, spiritual leader of a breakaway Sikh sect based in Dhamiana village in Ropar, Punjab is no more. Bhaniarawala baba died early on Monday morning. He was being taken to hospital after complaining of chest pain when he died. He was 61.
Bhaniara was taken to Max Hospital in Mohali after complaining of chest pain. Doctors declared him brought dead.
He is survived by his wife and three sons. Bhaniara was a horticulture department employee at a sericulture farm in Asmanpur village once. He proclaimed himself a ‘baba’ (spiritually evolved person) after taking over two mazaars following the death of his father.
His fame as a healer spread wide after political leaders, government and judicial officers started visiting his dera. He built his dera on an encroached piece of land at Dhamiana. Soon, the man who was recognised for his social work and rumoured to feed wild animals and birds in forests, had built a number of deras across the state.
In 1998, the Akal Takht excommunicated him from the Sikh Panth for working against Sikh tenets.
In 2001, Bhaniara published his own Bhavsagar Granth. This allegedly was an ‘insult’ to the Sikh holy scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib.
Several criminal cases were slapped against him and many of his followers jailed
This led to violence against his followers who were accused of burning copies of the scriptures.
The Punjab government then banned the Bhavsagar Granth. Later the government arrested Bhaniara under the National Security Act.
A number of criminal cases were slapped against him and many of his followers jailed.
Another assassination attempt failed when he escaped a bomb explosion allegedly by Babbar Khalsa militants near his house in Dhamiana on January 9, 2005.
He also sustained minor injuries in an October 27, 2011,attack by three persons with a sharp-edged weapon at home.