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Sikh body urge Akal Takht jathedar to declare November 1 as Sikh Genocide Day
Yudhvir Rana, TNN - Sep 30, 2012, 04.22PM IST
AMRITSAR: All India Sikhs Students Federation (AISSF) has approached Jathedar of Akal Takht urging him to issue directive to declare November 01 as "Sikh Genocide Day".
The Sikh body has also appealed to the community to commemorate the same internationally. Federation president Karnail Singh Peer mohommad told TOI on Sunday that in a request submitted at Akal Takht secretariat he had urged Gurbachan Singh to hold Akhand Paath in remembrance of thousands of Sikh men, women and children who were murdered in November 1984. AISSF had also sought directive from Akal Takhat about building of "Sikh Genocide Memorial" at Hondh Chillar, Haryana added he.
On Saturday, Shivpuri, Madhya Pardesh based Bharat Milan Nayas had submitted a letter to Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar to display the photographs of soldiers in Sikh museum who had died during Operation Bluestar . Akal Takhat , the supreme temporal seat of Sikh religion had already declared November 1984 killings of Sikhs as "Genocide" in which thousands of Sikhs were killed across 18 states of India, said Federation president.
Terming November 1984 as "State sponsored Genocide", Jagdish Kaur, prime witness against Sajjan Kumar's role in anti Sikh riots in November 1984 stated that victims had approached Akalt Takhat to take a lead in seeking justice for the Sikh community by observing Ardas on November 1, 2012 in the memory of those who were murdered. Citing to the recent discovery of mass graves of Sikhs killed during November 1984 in Haryana he said since the death of thousands of Sikhs remained unknown to the world for more than 28 years no last rites were ever performed as per the Sikh religious practices.
He said he had urged Jathedar to hold Aradas and to declare November 1 as Sikh Genocide Day.