Saturday, 27 June, 2009

Sikh Literature Panel accuses Centre of conspiracy


Sikh Literature Panel accuses Centre of conspiracy

A member of a fact-finding committee addresses the media in Amritsar.
Amritsar, Punjab: The destruction of rare books and manuscripts of the Sikh reference library during Operation Bluestar was part of a conspiracy of the Union government to destroy Sikh heritage. This was stated by five-member committee that was constituted by Sikh organisations to go into the destruction of the books of the Sikh reference library in the Golden Temple complex.
The committee, comprising human rights activists DS Gill, former IAS officer Gurtegh Singh, Lieut-Gen Kartar Singh Gill (retd), Gurpreet Singh and advocate Amar Singh Chahal, yesterday observed that on June 7, after the culmination of Operation Bluestar, the Army fired a rocket towards the library destroying the Sikh literature. It said the committee had been able to establish this fact after a preliminary probe to establish the conspiracy angle in the incident.
The committee alleged that before setting the library on fire, the Army took away rare books and other items associated with Sikh religion and history.
The committee felt that there were several contradictions in the statements made by the government, which never clarified the exact position of the manuscripts that had been lost for ever.
Advocate Gill said the committee would submit its complete report to the SGPC within a month.

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