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Location: Home arrow Library of Articles arrow Articles arrow Sikhs want memorial for victims of Bluestar

Sikhs want memorial for victims of Bluestar   E-mail 

Radical Sikh groups in Punjab have criticised the top religious affairs body, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, for failing to raise a memorial for the armed militants and innocent devotees who were killed during Operation Bluestar, the Indian Army assault on Amritsar’s Golden Temple 24 years ago.

The Dal Khalsa has sought an explanation from SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar on why an official 2002 resolution to build a suitable memorial (has not come up) for "all those who embraced martyrdom while upholding the sanctity of Sikh shrines", has been shelved.

Mr Kanwarpal Singh and Mr H.S. Dhami of the Dal Khalsa have lamented the fact that there had been no action on such an important resolution even after six years. They said the Sikh committee seemed to make a habit of passing resolutions but are doing precious little to implement most of them.

The groups have charged that successive SGPC presidents have buckled under pressure and tried to brush the matter under the carpet.

"Jathedar Avtar Singh must break his silence and take a lead in laying the foundation stone of the memorial as the Sikh nation is preparing to observe the 24th anniversary of the assault on Darbar Sahib next week," the Dal Khalsa demanded.


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