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SGPC organises event to commemorate attack on Sri Darbar Sahib on July 4, 1955

Will compile collection after conducting thorough research on 1955 Saka: Bibi Jagir Kaur Efforts will be made to preserve memories by searching witnesses: Bibi Jagir Kaur Governments doesn’t want voice of Sikhs’ political agenda be raised from Sri Akal Takht Sahib: Giani Harpreet Singh Sikhs always fought for welfare of the country, governments treated them as strangers: Giani Harpreet Singh Amritsar, July 4: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today organised an event at Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Diwan Hall to commemorate the attack on Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib (Sri Darbar Sahib) on July 4, 1955 by the then government. A special event was organised to remember this attack as per the decision taken by the SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur. To crush the demand of Sikhs for a Punjabi state on the basis of language, the then government launched this attack in July 1955. This was the first attack on the central Sikh shrine Sri Darbar Sahib after the independence of the country, by the government of their own country which forgot all the promises made to the Sikhs, leaving deep wounds on the Sikh psyche. On this occasion, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur while addressing from the stage of Gurdwara Manji Sahib said that the motive of this event is to make the Sikh youth aware of the story of atrocities perpetrated on the community. “Sikhs sacrificed 80 per cent of their lives for the independence of the country but the mere deployment of police force on the central shrine of Sikhs only after 8 years of independence was a manifestation of anti-Sikh mentality of the then Congress government. The then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Punjab Chief Minister Bhim Sen Sachar had tried to suppress the legitimate demands of the Sikhs, but the Sikh community always emerged victorious from the challenges”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur. Bibi Jagir Kaur announced that a collection will be compiled after conducting thorough research on the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib on July 4, 1955 and photographs related to this attack would also be a part of it. “Efforts will be made to preserve memories by searching for the eyewitnesses of that time who saw the attack in July 1955”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur. SGPC president appealed to the Sikh parents to fulfil their responsibility of making their children aware of the history. On this occasion, Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Giani Harpreet Singh said in his address that the governments of the time have always made efforts to suppress the Sikhs and it was in this context that the July 4, 1955 attack was carried out. “Reneging on the promises made by the then government to the Sikhs after the independence of the country was similar to the breaking of promises and oaths made by the Pahadi Rajahs (hills kings) at Sri Anandpur Sahib to the tenth Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. But when the states were formed in India on the basis of language, justice was not done with Punjab. But to suppress the voice of Sikhs making legitimate demands, an attack was made on Sri Darbar Sahib”, said Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh. “The police force was sent on the orders of the Nehru government, which inflicted heavy loss to the holiness and conduct of the central Sikh shrine. Shots were fired and hundreds of Sikhs were arrested”, said Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh. “Sikhs always fought for the welfare of the country and were treated as strangers by the governments. The unity of the Sikh community is the only way out of the challenges which were exemplified in history. The governments want that the Sikhs should never be united and that no voice is raised about the political agenda of the Sikhs even from Sri Akal Takht Sahib. But these great institutions have always led and will continue to lead the Sikh Qaum (community)”, said Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh. Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said that the solution to any challenge is “Qaumi unity” (community's unity) and the Sikhs in entirety should unite under the guardianship of Sri Akal Takht Sahib for the betterment of the “Qaum”. Jathedar commended the decision of SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur to commemorate the first attack on Sri Darbar Sahib in independent India and said that the decision taken to research its history is the need of the time. It is notable that in today's event, the teargas shells which were fired and thrown by the police inside Sri Darbar Sahib complex and on the Sikhs during the July 1955 attack were displayed in the public view for the Sangat (devotees) on the stage of Gurdwara Manji Sahib. Additional head granthi Giani Jagtar Singh, granthi Giani Jaswant Singh, SGPC senior-vice president Surjit Singh Bhitewad, general secretary Bhagwant Singh Sialka, SGPC members Harjap Singh Sultanwind, Gurinderpal Singh Gora, Bhai Ram Singh, Gurnam Singh Jassal, Suwinder Singh Sabharwal, Tara Singh Salha, Bibi Joginder Kaur Bathinda, Bibi Joginder Kaur Dharamkot, Ratan Singh Jafferwal, additional secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna, OSDs to SGPC president Dr Amrik Singh Latifpur, Dr Sukhbir Singh, manager Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, former secretary Joginder Singh Adliwal, assistant secretaries Sulakhan Singh Bhangali, Tejinder Singh Padda, Balwinder Singh Kahlwan, Gurmeet Singh Butter, Harjinder Singh Kaironwal, superintendent Malkit Singh Beharwal, and a large number of Sangat were present.

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