Sikh community demands reconstruction of Haridwar gurdwara

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Dec 14, 2014 23:28 IST

Kendriya Shri Guru Singh Sabha (KSGSS) has reiterated its demand for restoration of Gyan Godari Gurdwara near Hindu pilgrimage site of Harki Pairi in Haridwar. A delegation of KSGSS claimed that the entire Sikh community of Uttarakhand and country is one for restoration of gurdwara that was demolished in the anti-Sikh riots in 1984.

Office-bearers of KSGSS and other Sikh associations claimed that their demand for restoring the gurdwara building has the support of all community leaders, Union government and National Commission for Minorities.

They said the central government has already taken a decision for the restoration of the Sikh worshipping site following which the state government was also petitioned by KSGSS. "Now, the state government must follow the decision of the central government for rebuilding the Gyan Godari Gurdwara at its original site," said Baljeet Singh Daduwal, a senior member of KSGSS.

"KSGSS will take all the association and members of community for reconstruction of Gyan Godari Gurdwara building at the same site. Final plan will be prepared after consultations with Haridwar Sikh community members to reconstruct a large gurdwara building at the same site," said sabha vice-president Harpal Singh Sethi. KSGSS members said chief minister Harish Rawat has also, in principle, agreed upon reconstruction of Gyan Godari Gurdwara after a delegation of the community met and reiterated its demand for the same on December 6.

According to Sethi, several Sikh community associations from different parts of Uttarakhand, including Bajpur, Gadarpur, Jaspur, Rudrapur and Rampur, have pledged their support for restoration of Gyan Godari Gurdwara.

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