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‘Kar sewa’ on Bluestar ‘martyr gallery’ begins: Bhindranwale at centre stage, CM faces fire

In the ceremony that was jointly attended by Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma, SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, also present was Isher Singh, son of radical Sikh preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the militant separatist leader who was killed in the army operation in the Golden Temple in 1984.

punjab Updated: Jul 06, 2017 19:37 IST
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Operation Bluestar memorial at Golden Temple.
Operation Bluestar memorial at Golden Temple.(HT Photo)

Amid objections raised by chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Thursday started ‘kar sewa’ (voluntary service) for a ‘Martyr Gallery’ of portraits in the basement of the Operation Bluestar memorial gurudwara in the Golden Temple complex.

In the ceremony that was jointly attended by Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma, SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, also present was Isher Singh, son of radical Sikh preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the militant separatist leader who was killed in the army operation in the Golden Temple in 1984.

The gallery will have portraits of Bhindranwale, who once headed the Taksal, and about 200 others whose list is being prepared by the Taksal and also radical outfit Dal Khalsa.

Also on the occasion, bhog (conclusion) ceremony of the akhand path (chain prayer) started for the kar sewa was performed, and another akhand path in remembrance of Bhindranwale was started.

Dhumma, who stressed that the gallery was to remember those who died in Operation Bluestar, also hit out at the chief minister. “Damdami Taksal is doing nothing that can spoil the peace of the state, but it is the CM who is trying to cause trouble by making baseless statements,” he said, adding, “We can’t expect anything better from a representative of a political party (Congress) that designed the attack on Golden Temple.”

He said that in 2012 when the Bluestar memorial was being built, some Congressmen had said that this will disturb peace “but nothing of that sort has happened”. “And, with this gallery, too, no peace will be disturbed.”

About the gallery, Dhumma said, “We intend to complete it in the near future and it will be equipped with both traditional and modern gadgets.”

Badungar in his speech lauded the effort of setting up the gallery and said that Operation Bluestar can never be forgotten by the community. He, too, flayed CM Amarinder, saying, “He should not worry about peace or stability but must be worried about the fact that Congress was behind the attack that led to killing of many.”

After starting the kar sewa Dhumma and Badungar installed the portrait of Baba Thakur Singh, 15th head of Damdami Taksal, in the Central Sikh Museum in the Golden Temple complex.