More than a year after the ancestral home of martyr Sukhdev Thapar at Naughara in Ludhianas Old City was put under lock and key,Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari has issued orders that the home will be opened on May 31.
In 1982-83,some people had allegedly tried to pave a way to Sukhdevs home but were not successful. In 1995,after a writ petition was filed and the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the government to undertake the home and maintain it.
The Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Memorial Trust,which looks after the residence,received a letter from Archaeological Survey of India in 2009 asking for its permission. The Trust,however,replied that it was already taking care of the home and planning to turn it in museum. Following this,the house was locked on the orders of DC Rahul Tewari on January 16,2012.
Tewari has now constituted a three-member committee with Ludhiana (East) Tehsildar Gagandeep Singh as chairman and archaeological officer (cultural affairs,tourism,archaeology and museums) Rajinder Singh and Trust president Ashok Thapar as members to review the maintenance work done in the house. The committee will meet on the last working day of every month.
The first meeting of the committee will be held on May 31. After the meeting,the house will be unlocked and cleaned, the order added.