A high-level delegation of Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) Uttar Pradesh unit on Monday met governor Ram Naik and demanded release of compensation sanctioned by the Centre for the families of 1984 riot victims.
President of SAD UP and Uttarakhand units Dr Rai Singh said the delegation apprised the governor of the fact that of the Rs 800 crore sanctioned by the Union government, only Rs 200 crore were utilised by the state government while the remaining Rs 600 crore was returned to the Centre, resulting in discontentment among the victims’ families.
The delegation also brought to the governor’s notice the issue related to Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib’s (Haridwar) land. The government had promised to give alternative land in return for the acquisition of gurdwara land for purpose of providing more space to pilgrims visiting Har Ki Pauri. However, after the bifurcation of the state in 2000, no alternative land has been allotted yet.
Raj Singh also told the governor about clashes over a piece of land belonging to Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Saharanpur, between members of the two communities in 2014.
After the clashes, the Sikh victims were neither given adequate compensation nor were cases against them withdrawn, Rai Singh told the governor.