The Akal Takht has decided to declare engineering student and Gurdaspur police firing victim Jaspal Singh as a martyr of the Sikh 'nation'. His portrait will also be installed in the Sikh museum. Jaspal was killed in police firing on March 29 to control the spiralling of violence between two communities.
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh will make this announcement at the bhog and antim ardas of Jaspal on April 7 at his native village, Chour Sidhwan.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar will also announce free MTech level education to the only sister of Jaspal Singh.
All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) chief Karnail Singh Peer Mohammed has claimed that this decision was taken at the Chour Sidhwan village, when the Akal Takht jathedar consulted former Akal Takht jathedar Giani Jasbir Singh Rode and Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh. These, along with other leaders, have been camping at the village.
Peer Mohammed has appealed to Makkar to announce a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the family of Jaspal at the bhog ceremony.