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In presence of senior political leaders, 1984 memorial’s foundation stone laid

The foundation stone of a memorial for the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims was laid at Gurdwara Rakabanj Sahib complex today. Gurupreet Nibber reports

india Updated: Jun 13, 2013 00:07 IST
Gurupreet Nibber

The foundation stone of a memorial for the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims was laid at Gurdwara Rakabanj Sahib complex on Wednesday.

Though a petition to stop the construction came up for hearing in the Delhi High Court, the foundation stone was laid before the case was heard.

Just before the foundation stone was laid, there was palpable tension at the site and a group of Sikhs carrying swords were seen guarding the site.

The foundation plaque was unveiled by the head priests of Sikhs — Jathedar of Takht Shri Damdama Sahib Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh and Jathedar of Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib Giani Tarlochan Singh.

Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal (SAD) president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, his MP wife Harsimrat Kaur, DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK and Shiromani gurdwara parbandhak committee’s (SGPC) Avtar Singh Makkar were also present.

The unveiling coincided with the martyrdom day of fifth Sikh guru Arjan Dev.

The SAD had promised a memorial in the run-up to the elections of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) in January earlier this year. “We have fulfilled our promise,” said Badal.

Later, addressing mediapersons, Badal said justice had been denied to the families of innocent Sikhs killed in the 1984 riots for the past 29 years and now the Congress-led Delhi government was trying to stall construction of the memorial.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujaral, BJP’s Delhi unit president Vijay Goel, former chairman of minorities commission Tarlochan Singh, and DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa were present on the occasion.

DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK said the memorial will remind the generations about the injustice done to the Sikh community.