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157 years on, martyrs' remains exhumed from Ajnala well

Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, February 28, 2014
First Published: 21:00 IST(28/2/2014) | Last Updated: 13:32 IST(1/3/2014)

The remains of over 250 Indian soldiers dumped unceremoniously by the British in a deep well at Ajnala in the wake of the 1857 uprising would be exhumed and given funeral rites after nearly 160 years.

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The local Gurdwara Shaheed Gunj Managing Committee had stumbled upon the well, Kaliyan Wala Khuh, recently christened as Shaheedan Wala Khuh, more than a year ago during the excavation of the area. It found the skeleton remains of some people after it started the digging process all over again on Friday.   

The committee is planning to immerse the remains in the Ganga after retrieving the remains.

An all-faith prayer meeting marked the digging process, which started at 10:30 am and lasted for five hours. The gurdwara management could exhume about three skeletons on the first day.

"This requires hard work. But we are going to continue with it till the skeletal remains of all the martyrs are recovered. The remains would be immersed in the Ganga," said Amarjit Singh Sarkaria, head, Gurudwara Shaheed Gunj Managing Committee.

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