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Report on memorial submitted to Makkar

punjab Updated: May 03, 2012 19:23 IST
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Four radical panthic groups, which had constituted Saka Darbar Sahib panel comprising Sikh historians and intellectuals to give suggestions about Operation Bluestar memorial, submitted its final report to Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar in Amritsar on Wednesday.


Dal Khalsa leaders Satnam Singh and Kanwar Pal Singh, Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) chairman Mohkam Singh, Panthic Sewa Lehar head Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal and a representative of Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani) submitted the 37-page report, which included photographs of potential sites for the memorial in the Harmandar Sahib complex.

The SGPC chief assured the delegation that the report would be discussed at SGPC executive meeting on Thursday in Anandpur Sahib.

The panel suggested in the report that the memorial should reflect the valour and fighting spirit of those who laid down their lives during Operation Bluestar. About the location, the report recommended that it should be near the Akal Takht, which was damaged during the June 1984 operation.

The panel has named Maharaja Sher Singh Deori, located on the Akal Takht's right, as the ideal place for the memorial. It mentioned that bullets marks of the operation were still visible on the walls at this spot.

The report was prepared in accordance with the resolution passed by the SGPC on July 20, 2002, to build a memorial to the 1984 'martyrs'.

The report has been prepared by former IAS officer Gurtej Singh, author and analyst Ajmer Singh, former bureaucrat AR Darshi and human rights activist Prof Jagmohan Singh. The panel took suggestions from the masses as well as family members of those who were killed during the operation.

The radical groups formed a panel as they felt that the SGPC was dilly-dallying on the issue. The panel was set up last year when the SGPC, too, announced the formation of a committee.

The SGPC panel consists of Punjabi University vice chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh, former pro VC Dr Prithpal Singh Kapur, Damdami Taksal head Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma, SGPC senior vice-president Raghujit Singh Virk and SGPC executive member Rajinder Singh Mehta. This panel, too, has submitted its report to the SGPC chief.

Both reports are almost identical, barring a difference of opinion on the site. The SGPC panel wants that the memorial should be built to the Akal Takht's left.

The radical groups' panel had submitted an interim report to the SGPC committee members on July 27 last year.