As agreed, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday constituted a 5-member team to take charge of raising a memorial to the Sikhs killed in Operation Bluestar of June 1984.
The army’s operation in 1984 was to flush out armed militants led by the-then Damdami Taksal chief, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, from the Golden Temple.
Harnam Singh Dhooma, chief of Damdami Taksal; Raghujit Singh Virk, senior vice-president of the SGPC; Jaspal Singh vice-chancellor of Punjabi University; Pritipal Singh Kapur, former pro-vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University; and Rajinder Singh Mehta, who is on the executive committee of the SGPC, are on the new SGPC committee to decide the shape and location of the “martyrs’ memorial”.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar on Wednesday told the media about the new committee, the idea of which was floated on June 6, on the 27th anniversary of the 1984 operation. Bowing to the demands of the radicals on Monday, Makkar had agreed to form the committee in two days. The committee is free to consult experts and Sikh organisations, and required to submit a report in two months.