June 1, 2010 | By Tejashdeep Singh
Amritsar (June 1, 2010): In a bid to corner the SGPC for failing to build a memorial in memory of Sikh martyrs of June 1984 Darbar Sahib attack, the Sikh organization Dal Khalsa has launched a “poster war”.
To press upon the SGPC and SAD leadership vis-à-vis the memorial of June 1984 martyrs, the organization reiterated its plans to hold 72 hours sit-in protest at outside the main entrance gate of Darbar Sahib Complex from June 3 to 6 this year.
The organization today again submitted a written request to SGPC to build memorial and presented a detailed report of its sit-in. The letter assured that sit-in protest would be peaceful. They said there would be no sloganeering nor speeches during the 72 hours protest. It also assured that maryada and convenience of devotees would be fully respected. They would stage a sit-in outside the main entrance gate of the SGPC offices, he added.
Addressing the press conference party head H S Dhami said remembering the ‘martyrs’ was an example of a conscious Nation. A 72 hours sit-in is aimed to pay tribute to the ‘martyrs of faith’, he added.
Releasing a posters at a press conference, the Dal Khalsa leaders posed certain questions to the SGPC and the ruling SAD regarding their indifferent approach towards the status of martyrs.
In its first question, the Dal Khalsa has asked the SGPC president to answer as to why the resolution adopted in the executive committee of the SGPC on Feb 20, 2002 has not yet been implemented. The second question asks when the SGPC would honour its own decision to build memorial and do justice to martyrs.
Why SGPC is dithering from constructing the memorial which would have depicted unparalleled repression let loose by the Congress? Is not the SGPC hobnobbing with Congress?
Third question relates to insensitivity of the SGPC and SAD towards issues related to martyrs of June 1984. It has also posed a question to Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar to reveal under whose pressure he has brushed the crying demand of the community under the carpet? Do you think that the desire to build memorial is confined only to hardliners? Has not the martyrs sacrificed their lives for the collective pride and honour of the community and faith? Is this not the issue that relates to the collective conscience of the Sikh Panth?
Kanwarpal Singh spokesman of the party said the posters were being dispatched to various units for distribution in different areas to create awareness among the masses. He appealed to Damdami Taksal, Akand Kirtani Jatha and Sikh Students Federation leadership to participate in the sit-in as majority of the Sikhs were from these 3 groups who embraced martyrdom during the attack.
Bhai Mohkam Singh chairman of Khalsa Action Committee was also present on the occasion.
The leaders condemned the crackdown on SAD (Panch Pardani). They said the ban on Genocide Remembrance March was illegal and against the spirit of the democracy. By let loosing the reign of terror on Panch Pardani activists, the Akali government has reminded the repression days of Congress during 80’s. Akalis have followed the Congress path. It’s clear violation of fundamental rights of the Sikhs.
Dr Manjinder Singh, Sarbjit Singh Ghuman, Baldev Singh Ajnala were also present during press conference.
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