Amritsar: The SGPC wants to preserve the original bullet marks on the cover of the “saroop” (copy) of Guru Granth Sahib that was damaged with bullets during the 1984 Army Attack on Sri Darbar Sahib.
The SGPC has engaged experts to preserve the “saroop” (of Guru Granth Sahib that was kept in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple.
This will be part of other evidences, including the bullet marks that were preserved on the facade of Teja Singh Samundri Hall and the bullet-riddled rickety structure of one of the entry gates of the shrine adjacent to the Akal Takht.
Holding the Centre government liable, the SGPC is fighting a legal battle in the Delhi High Court to claim compensation of Rs 1,000 crore for the damage caused. The case is still pending.
Nonetheless, the conservation of the “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib was undertaken by experts today and the task will be handled by the supervisory panel designated by the apex body.
SGPC’s chief secretary Dr Roop Singh said the “saroop” suffered major damage on its cover and 290 “angs” (pages) were also hit.
“The sewa (volunteer service) is being undertaken by Baba Balwinder Singh Hazur Sahib wale who has arranged the experts.
This saroop will be preserved with utmost care and will be kept as an evidence for legal battle that we have been fighting against the Union Government. With the passage of time, the pages of “saroop” are losing strength. It needed immediate repair. A special paper will do the job,” he said.
Dr Roop Singh said a specially designed paper had been arranged from overseas which would be pasted on the damaged portion of the “angs”. This paper would blend with the original page in such a manner that it would be hard to locate the impairment.