December 18, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Jalandhar, Punjab (December 17, 2011): As per media reports a number of Sikh organizations have announced to stage a dharna outside the BJP head office in New Delhi on December 20, to express their displeasure against the Uttarakhand government inaction on the issue of historic Gurdwara Gian Godri in Haridwar.
Addressing a press conference here, Panthic Sewa Lehar head Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal, Panch Pardhani leader and SGPC member Kulbir Singh Barapind and Khalsa Action Committee convener Mohkam Singh said the historic gurdwara, which marked the visit of first Sikh master Guru Nanak to Haridwar over 450 years back, was demolished during Sikh Genocide 1984.
“Sikh organizations and activists have been requesting the Uttrakhand government to restore the gurdwara land to them so that the shrine could be reconstructed. However, despite several pleas and enough historical evidence, and revenue records, to prove the presence of gurdwara, the BJP government of Uttrakhand was only offering land at some other place in the city,” they said.
“How can the historical place be shifted? Although there was a large area attached to the gurdwara, we are only demanding back the main area, where the gurdwara stood. It (area) measures only a few hundred square feet, but the BJP government has been stonewalling our pleas,” said Baba Daduwal.
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