June 6, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar (June 06, 2011): The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandik Committee (SGPC) has agreed to set up a memorial to the memory of Sikh Martyrs of June 1984 attack on Sri Darbar Sahib, which marks the biggening of third holocaust of Sikh history. This announcement was made by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar in Amritsar on Monday while addressing a gathering at the Akal Takht on the occasion of 27th anniversary of the army operation, while paying tribute to the martyrs. In doing so he also honored the decision taken by the SGPC executive in the past.
SGPC Chief announced that a five member committee would be constituted in the next two days to decide on the shape and location of the martyrs memorial. This committee will be free to consult experts and take the opinion of different Sikh religious organizations while deciding about the memorial.
“The committee will submit its report within two months of its constitution”, he announced.
Welcoming the announcement, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani), Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) and Dal Khalsa representatives said, “Though the step is belated but nevertheless it is welcome as our long standing demand has been considered. We will wait for the submission of the report and if it is not done within the time frame, we will take the Sikh ‘sangat’ into confidence and start construction of the memorial”.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh in his address paid tribute to the martyrs and said that the wounds of 1984 had not yet healed. The Sikh youth continue to languish in jails and no efforts are being made by the government to free them, he added.
He called upon all Sikh religious organisations and the ‘sangat’ to make efforts for the release of all Sikh youths who were imprisoned since the days of militancy.
He also appreciated the efforts of the SGPC in beginning a signature campaign from the village level for saving Prof. Devinderpal Singh Bhullar whose mercy petition in a 1993 bomb explosion case was rejected by the President last month.
After the ‘bhog’ ceremony in memory of the martyrs, the Jathedar honored the relatives of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderwale, Bhai Amrik Singh, Baba Thara Singh and Shahbeg Singh.
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