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Holy bir injured in June 1984 holocaust adorned for paying obeisance

Bullet that hit holy saroop also displayed for sangat ‘Sikh qaum suffering pain of holocaust since 37 years: Bibi Jagir Kaur Amritsar, June 3: The holy bir of Sri Guru Granth Sahib which were injured after receiving a bullet-hit during June 1984 Ghallughara (holocaust) at Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib, was adorned for paying obeisance for sangat (devotees) at Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Baba Gurbakhsh Singh Ji near Sri Akal Takht Sahib on Thursday. The bullet that got stuck in the holy bir has also been kept at the gurdwara so that the sangat have the glimpse of the same as well. This holy bir was hit by a bullet 37 years ago in June 1984 during the military attack on Sri Akal Takht Sahib and Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib by the Congress government of India. On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, the executive committee (EC) of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had decided to adorn this injured holy bir for darshan (glimpse) to sangat, and accordingly this holy bir has been made public. Head granthi of Sri Harmandar Sahib Giani Jagtar Singh while sharing the painful story of holocaust in June 1984, said, “A bullet had hit this holy saroop in the firing from the south entrance and it pierced till Gurbani of Sukhmani Sahib written in Gauri Raaga.” Speaking on the occasion, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “The military attack of June 1984 is a deep wound for the Sikh qaum (community) and the coming generations should have its knowledge. What could be more tragic than the fact that the Congress government of our own country had deployed military on its own people? Sikh qaum has been suffering this pain for 37 years and it has been decided to show the sangat the relics related to this ghallughara in view of the Sikh sentiments.” “The holy saroop was injured during the ghallughara, would be kept for paying obeisance for sangat till June 5 and further discussion will be taken after Shaheedi Samagam (Martyrdom Ceremony) on June 6. Soon the gold-plates pierced with bullets would also be made public for the sangat”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur. On this occasion head granthi of Sri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Gurmukh Singh informed the sangat about the service rendered to the injured holy bir and the angs (holy pages of Guru Granth Sahib) affected by the bullet. Giani Gurmukh Singh said, “From the cover of the holy saroop to the beginning of Gurbani the bullet mark has been kept intact.” During this time a large number of devotees visited to have a glimpse of the injured holy bir with an emotional mind. Apart from arranging live broadcasts for the sangat from home and abroad, large screens were also set up near the Sri Akal Takht Sahib by the SGPC for the convenience of the sangat. On this occasion Gurbani kirtan was performed by the hazuri ragi jathas of Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib and prayers were offered by Bhai Sultan Singh. On this occasion, SGPC senior vice-president Surjit Singh Bhitewad, general secretary Bhagwant Singh Sialka, member Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta, Bhai Manjit Singh Bhurakohna, Surinder Singh Bhullewal Rathan, Sukhwarsh Singh Pannu, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhayasi, Bibi Ranjit Kaur Delhi, Bhai Malkit Singh additional head granthi, secretary Mahinder Singh Ahli, additional secretaries Partap Singh, Sukhminder Singh, assistant secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, Sakatar Singh, Simarjeet Singh, Balwinder Singh Kahlwan, Sulakhan Singh Bhangali, Harjinder Singh Kaironwal, Gurmeet Singh Butter, Harjit Singh Lalu Ghuman, Nirvail Singh, manager Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, superintendent Malkit Singh Beharwal, OSD to SGPC president Dr Sukhbir Singh, secretary Sri Akal Takht Sahib Secretariat Gurmeet Singh, manager Sukhraj Singh and others were present.

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