The Punjab government has decided to constitute a committee of historians to arrive at a considered view on the construction of a memorial to give a "befitting tribute" to the 1857 martyrs whose mortal remains were recently found from a well at Ajnala in Amritsar district.
The committee would comprise historians Prof Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor of Punjabi University (as its chairman), Pirthipal Singh Kapoor, Prof Harish Sharma from Guru Nanak Dev University, Prof Mujjafar Alam of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dr GN Srivasatva of Archaeological Survey of India and local historian Surinder Kochhar, Punjab principal secretary, cultural affairs, SS Channy here said.
"The excavation of these mortal remains has led to a large number of people visiting the site. The excavated human skulls, bones, Victoria Service medals and coins are of great importance to the people. Although a local gurdwara committee, which had carried out the excavation, has made arrangements for their upkeep and display, the responsibility for these articles rests with the government, for which action will be taken.
"The gurdwara committee's other demands, such as provision of a 40 feet road to the site, deletion of the word "Kala" being used with the name of the place, funeral rites of the mortal remains, their preservation (if possible), setting up of memorial and to ascertain the names of the martyrs through historical documents, are also being considered and have been made part of the scope of the concept committee. Further action will be considered by the state government based on the committee's findings," Channy added.