SAD seeks return of Sikh treasure ‘taken away’ during Op Bluestar
New Delhi, June 6
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday asked the Centre to return “the seized precious treasure” during Operation Bluestar in 1984 to the Sikh community and also restoration of pension of those army men, who deserted the force out of emotions.
Sukhbir met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and submitted a memorandum.
He also requested the Home Minister to allow SGPC and DSGMC to organise ‘Nagar Kirtan’ from India to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan to mark the celebrations relating to the 550th year of Guru Nanak Dev birth anniversary. “The Centre may liaison with the Pakistan government for successful organisation of Nagar Kirtan,” he added.
In the memorandum, the SAD chief said, “We on behalf of the Sikh community are at pains to state that even after long gap of 35 years justice has not been done with the community. But now when the NDA government has come to power for the second consecutive time, we are hopeful that some of the most important issues concerning with the tragic and unfortunate attack on our holy shrine would get solved at the earliest.”
“Sikh community is eagrly waiting for the precious treasure which the attacking army seized and taken away during attack. It includes important holy scriptures, artifacts, thousands of historical books and collections of the Sikh Reference Library and relics belonging to Sri Guru Sahib and other Sikh personalities. All these should be located and returned to community with due honour,” the memorandum read.