Thursday 4 June 2009

25th ANNIVERSARY OF GOLDEN TEMPLE ATTACK



Dal Khalsa commemorates 25th anniversary of Golden Temple attack

NEW DELHI, June 3 (APP): More than one thousand activists of Dal Khalsa participated in ΓÇ£Genocide Remembrance ParadeΓÇ¥ which started from Dal Khalsa office to Golden Temple in Amritsar carrying black flags to protest against the Indian army attack on Golden Temple in June 1984.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of attack on Darbar Sahib, the processionists demanded setting up a memorial for those who lost their lives in the attack.
They also demanded a special law to prevent recurrence of violations of religious sanctity. The placards carrying by them were inscribed with slogans “Never forget 1984.”
The young boys and girls of the “Sikh Youth of Punjab” led by its president Ranbir Singh were leading the procession wearing black T‑shirts bearing photographs of Sant Bhindrawale. Family members of the martyrs also participated in the parade.
Talking to the newsmen, Party president H S Dhami said it was important to enact a law to prevent recurrence of such events. Stray apologies by Prime Minister or Congress president means nothing, Dhami added.
Dhami repeated the words of famous columnist Kuldip Nayar to then Prime MinisterΓÇÖs PA Dhawan that ΓÇ£by attacking SikhsΓÇÖ Vatican, the government has laid the foundation of KhalistanΓÇ¥. He said even Sant Jarnail Singh used to say that ΓÇ£with the attack on Darbar Sahib, the foundation stone for independent state would be laidΓÇ¥.
Reiterating their party commitment to the cause, he said the sentiments of sovereignty have not been buried with the passage of time and change in political scenario,
Representatives of Panthic bodies led by Dal Khalsa and Damdami Taksal leadership submitted a memorandum to Sheromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) demanding building of a memorial. SGPC executive member Karnail Singh Panjoli and Secretary Dalmeg Singh received the memorandum on behalf of the President Jathedar Avtar Singh.
Party spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh said the Indian state has attacked our holiest shrine, ruining our pride and honour, killing and incarcerating thousands, but the irony of it all is that ΓÇ£India is a great secular nationΓÇ¥ and Sikhs are being portrayed as ΓÇ£terroristsΓÇ¥.
Condemning the 1984 events, the Damdami Taksal head Baba Harnam Singh and KAC convenor Bhai Mohkam Singh said that the future of minorities in the country was at stake as the state machinery continues the practice of favouring the majority community, the press release added.
Prominent amongst those who participated in the March includes Akhand Kirtani jatha head Gaini Baldev Singh, Former jathedar of the Akal Takht Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode, Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal, Akal federation chairman Naraien Singh, human rights activist Parmjit Kaur Khalra, leader of SAD (Panch Pardani) Harpal Singh Cheema.

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