Former director general of police (DGP) KPS Gill, known for his aggressive approach in ending militancy in Punjab, on Monday slammed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for its since-withdrawn support to controversial movie 'Sadda Haq', which reportedly highlights police excesses of the violent 1980s and '90s.
Gill, who was at Panjab University (PU) here to deliver a lecture on 'Terrorism in Punjab: Historian's dilemma', also criticised the upcoming memorial to 'martyrs' of Operation Bluestar - the polarising army action to flush out Khalistani militants -- at Amritsar's Golden Temple complex.
The lecture was organised by the alumni association of the PU history department.
Gill opined that a movie like 'Sadda Haq' was rightly banned "as it glorifies terrorism and, in a way, promoting it", and sought the producers' arrest. He went to the extent of seeking "elimination" of the SGPC "for it doesn't represent Sikhs in totality".
Criticising the upcoming Bluestar memorial, Gill said the era of terrorism spelled "black days" for Punjab, "and Operation Bluestar was a part of the same". He, however, added that he regretted nothing about the operation. "We were doing our duty and our aim was to eliminate terrorism and terrorists. Why should I regret anything? People who were involved in bloodshed and even raped girls should regret their acts."
He noted that historians miss out on the point "regarding the sexual desires of terrorists that had led them to abduct women and rape them".
Listing Gandhi and Nehru as his inspirations, Gill ruled out the theory that terrorist could see a revival in Punjab: "The state has come a long way."
On his role, Gill said it was only because of the state government that he and other officers were able to eliminate terrorism, and the Centre had provided little help.