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DSGMC chooses gurdwara close to Parliament for ’84 victims’ memorial

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) plans to construct a memorial for the 1984 anti-SIkh riots victims at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib near Parliament in New Delhi.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar |
Updated: April 14, 2014 1:57:50 pm

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) plans to construct a memorial for the 1984 anti-SIkh riots victims at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib near Parliament in New Delhi.

Last week,the executive committee of DSGMC had met and decided to put the proposal before the general house meeting scheduled for Wednesday. In the 51-member DSGMC general house,which is controlled by SAD,the proposal is likely to sail through. Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib also houses the DSGMC office.

“We have chosen Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib for the memorial as a symbolic gesture. It will be located near the Parliament,keeping in mind that victims of the 1984 Sikh genocide have not received justice from the government. Those who killed Sikhs were made ministers and MPs and they subsequently influenced the investigations,” DSGMC president Manjit Singh G K told The Indian Express.

He added: “Last year in November,our Delhi unit of SAD had planned to name a park in Punjabi Bagh in the memory of the 1984 victims. BJP leader Arun Jaitley and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal was to lay the foundation,but the Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government in Delhi did not allow us.”

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“We have ample space available at the gurdwara for a memorial. We will hire the best architect for the project. Since,the gurdwara is on DSGMC property,we can built a memorial as we want to,” DSGMC senior vice-president Ravinder Singh Khurana said.

The DSGMC move comes close on the heels of angry Sikhs taking to the streets of Delhi to protest against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a case relating to the 1984 riots.

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