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Sant Samaj to meet Akal Takht chief over row

Sant Samaj led by Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal is set to submit a memorandum to Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh on Monday to demand that the reference to militant Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale and other such leaders in the Bluestar Memorial at the Golden Temple complex is not removed.

Sant Samaj led by Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal is set to submit a memorandum to Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh on Monday to demand that the reference to militant Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale and other such leaders in the Bluestar Memorial at the Golden Temple complex is not removed.

Sources close to Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Khalsa said that the seminary will also seek that the boards be put up at the Golden Temple mentioning the history of Operation Bluestar.

The issue had snowballed into a controversy after Damdami Taksal,which was entrusted by the SGPC to execute the construction work for the memorial,dedicated the memorial to Bhindrawale and even installed a wall clock that carried his photograph.

The SGPC,which in the run up to construction of the Bluestar Memorial had stated that neither any names would be inscribed nor any photographs displayed,had objected to the Damdami Taksal defying its guidelines.

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Even as the SGPC tried to wash its hands of the controversy over dedicating the memorial to Bhindrawale,Dal Khalsa released a copy of the SGPC resolution,dated May 3,2012,directing the Damdami Taksal to construct the structure dedicated to the slain militant and other “martyrs” of the 1984 military operation.

As the controversy raged on,the wall clock bearing the photo of Bhindrawale was removed from inside the memorial. According to sources,the Sant Samaj is also likely to raise the issue of Bhindrawale’s photograph being removed from the memorial in the meeting with Akal Takht chief.