Memorial planned for Sikhs killed in Operation Bluestar

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SGPC plans memorial for Sikhs killed in Operation Bluestar

Ropar, May 28. (PTI): The SGPC will build a memorial at Darbar Sahib Complex Amritsar for the Sikhs killed during the Operation Bluestar in 1984.

This was disclosed by SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur after the meeting of the executive committee of the committee held at Anandpur Sahib on Friday.

She said a site was being selected for the "minar-e-shaheedan" and the foundation stone of the same would be laid on June 6 which was observed as "Ardas Diwas."

The SGPC executive committee has also given its approval to release 4 percent DA installment to its employees, she added.

Two decades after Bluestar, SGPC to build ‘memorial’


Posted online: Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 0213 hours IST

CHANDIGARH, MAY 27: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is all set to build a memorial called Minar-e-Shaheedan Ghalughara 1984 for those who died in Operation Bluestar.

At an executive meeting held at Anandpur Sahib today, the SGPC decided to lay the foundation stone of the memorial on June 6, the 21st anniversary of the storming of the Golden Temple complex.

The memorial will be built inside the Darbar Sahib complex, but outside the parikrama.

Sources said it’s likely to be erected in the lawns in front of the langar hall from where Army tanks had entered the Darbar Sahib complex. A Chandigarh-based architect has already been contacted for its design.

The memorial decision comes days after the Damdami Taksal, which had all along maintained that Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was still alive, finally accepted his death.

The issue of a memorial for those who died during Bluestar had been hanging fire. The SGPC had even invited criticism from a section of the Sikhs for ‘‘obliterating all marks and signs’’ of the armed operation.

Other decisions taken by the SGPC included creation of offset facilities for printing the Guru Granth Sahib in Ambala.

The SGPC had objected to private publishers printing the holy book. It was also decided to set up a similar facility in North America, either in Canada or in the US.

Operation Bluestar Memorial: Punjab has to move on, says CM

New Delhi, May 29:

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee's (SGPC) decision to build an Operation Bluestar Memorial at a time when the state is heading forward was a negative approach.

Punjab has other important issues to handle on priority basis including employment generation and economic development, for which the state has to look forward and not look back, Capt. Singh told reporters at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on his return from Canada. He was on a eight-day visit to Canada for the investment promotion programme for Punjab.

However, the SGPC at its executive meeting held at Anandpur Sahib on May 27, decided to lay the foundation stone of the memorial called Minar-e-Shaheedan Ghalughara on June 6, the 21st anniversary of the storming of the golden temple complex. The memorial is to be built inside the Darbar Sahib Complex, but outside the Parikrama.

On a question on water supply to Rajasthan, Capt. Singh said water was already being supplied to that state and regarding the water bill, he clarified that it was for the use of water in future.

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