Amritsar: Work on Shaheed portrait gallery will start on July 6 in the complex of Sri Darbar Sahib in memory of those killed by the Indian army during Army Attack at Sri Darbar Sahib on June 1984. The Damdami Taksal will organize the sewa to build the memorial gallery.
The Damdami Taksal and other radical sikh bodies had been demandiing to establish portrait gallery in the memory of martyrs of evasion on Sri Darbar sahib on June 1984 since several years.
The executive of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had decided to establish the gallery two weeks ago in the basement of the existing Army Attack memorial.
As per Hindustan Times reports, the portraits will include those of radical preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who once headed the Taksal, and Maj Gen Shabeg Singh, who had been dismissed by the army and joined the militant Khalistani movement.
SGPC chief secretary Harcharan Singh said president Kirpal Singh Badungar will be among those present at the starting of the ‘sewa’ (voluntary service). The Taksal has not yet given a final list of persons whose portraits will to be installed, he added.
Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma also issued a poster to appeal to the masses to attend the ceremony for the “Shaheedi Gallery”. The Taksal has also made a booking to conduct ‘akhand path’ at the memorial.
It’s pertinent to note that the memorial gurdwara, which is near the temporal seat Akal Takht, too, construction was executed under Dhumma’s supervision in 2013. At the time, the SGPC, which is ruled by the Shiromani Akali Dal that was in power in Punjab then, had expressed unease at a plaque and two slabs with Bhindranwale’s name installed at its entrance. Certain leaders of the SAD’s alliance partner BJP and the then opposition Congress had opposed it, terming it “anti-national”.
A few days later, on the instructions of the then SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, a clock with Bhindranwale’s name had been removed from the memorial.