New Delhi: Suspected Taliban fighters entered Gurdwara Karte Parwan, the main
Sikh shrine in Afghanistan capital Kabul, on Tuesday and damaged CCTV cameras
and broke several locks, according to members of the Afghan Sikh minority.
Puneet Singh Chandhok, head of the Indian World Forum, who has played a role
in facilitating the evacuation of members of Afghanistan’s Hindu and Sikh
minorities, tweeted that armed men entered the gurdwara and “vandalised” it.
A member of the Afghan Sikh minority, Sardar Govind Singh, said in a video
posted on social media that the armed men damaged most of the CCTV cameras at
the gurdwara and broke open several locked doors.
Several posts on social media said the armed men who entered the gurdwara were
believed to be Taliban members.
Apparently, heavily armed Taliban stormed biggest Sikh place of worship, Gurdwara Karte Parwan, in Kabul & allegedly vandalized the Gurdwara as well. Taliban fighters also damaged the CCTV cameras. #KarteParwan pic.twitter.com/pvdC2rSPTu
— OSINT Insider (@OSINT_Insider) October 5, 2021
There was no official word from the Indian side on the incident.
Soon after the Taliban marched into Kabul on August 15, hundreds of members of
the Sikh and Hindu minorities had taken refuge in Gurdwara Karte Parwan.
Taliban commanders visited the gurdwara soon after the takeover of the country
and assured Sikh leaders about the safety of members of the community.
Nearly 240 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus were, however, barred from entering Kabul
airport to board the last military evacuation flight from the Afghan capital.
The Indian government has said it will take all steps to facilitate the
evacuation of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus who want to leave Afghanistan.