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Sikh Sangat Need to Remain Vigilant as SGPC Moves to “Preserve” Defacto Memorial of Ghallughara June 1984

October 14, 2019 | By

Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) yesterday inaugurated the ‘preservation work’ of ‘Khajana Deori’ located with the Darbar Sahib precincts. The Khajana Deori, also referred as Bunga Maharaj Sher Singh, is a defacto memorial of Teeja Ghallughara of June 1984 as it carries numerous bullet marks inflicted during Indian Army’s attack on Darbar Sahib in June 1984.

SGPC President Gobind Singh Longowal, Chief Secretary Roop Singh and others inaugurating the ‘preservation’ work | Photo Courtesy: Rozana Ajit

SGPC has handed over the Kawsewa of Khajana Deori to Baba Kashmir Singh Bhuriwale. SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh said that the Deroi will be encased with steel-framed glass in order to preserve it.

It is pertinent to mention here that a portion of this memorial was repaired by the SGPC few years ago.

Bunga Maharaja Sher Singh - De facto Memorial of Ghallughara June 1984

Right Side of Bunga Maharaja Sher Singh that was repaired by SGPC around 2011 | Photo: Sikh Siyasat

It is notable that the over the past three decades the SGPC has destroyed all other the signs of Theeja Ghallughara by repairing various buildings that were affected during the Indian Army’s attack in June 1984.

Bunga Maharaja Sher Singh - De facto Memorial of Ghallughara June 1984

Bunga Maharaja Sher Singh – De facto Memorial of Ghallughara June 1984 | Photo: Sikh Siyasat

The SGPC had repaired the Darshani Deori of Darbar Sahib destroying bullet marks on it. Marble slabs that were carrying bullet marks were replaced and SGPC had got fixed some steel rounds on new marble slabs of Darshani Deori to highlight the spots where there were bullet marks. But now most of those steel rounds are gone.

After Teja Singh Samundari Hall, headquarters of the SGPC, was whitewashed and renovated few years ago, Khajana Deori is the last building that was not repaired or renovated after June 1984 attack. The walls and roof of the deori carries numerous bullet marks and is a defacto memorial of Teeja Ghallughara.

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On the top of the Deori, there is a Palki shaped door way which visualises the story of Indian Army’s attack on Dabar Sahib.

Bunga Maharaja Sher Singh - De facto Memorial of Ghallughara June 1984

Historical Palki Darwaja at the top of Bunga Maharaja Sher Singh which bears numerous bullet marks of 1984

Though the SGPC is saying that it is going to preserve the Deori, there is a strong apprehension that under the guise of placing glass on some parts of the Deori other parts may be repaired to destroy the signs of Teeja Ghallughara. Therefore it is important for the Sikh Sangat to remain vigilant to prevent any possible destruction of historical memorial.

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