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Sgpc Announces Rs 2 Lakh Each For Surviving Families Allocates Rs 1 Crore For Higher Education Of Kids Of All 1984 Riot-Hit Families

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SGPC announces Rs 2 lakh each for surviving families

Allocates Rs 1 crore for higher education of kids of

all 1984 riot-hit families

Perneet Singh

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 4

The SGPC today announced a financial aid of Rs 2 lakh each for the surviving families of the Hond-Chillar massacre besides allocating Rs 1 crore for the higher education of children of all affected families of 1984 riots.

Addressing a gathering, after the bhog of akhand path performed in the memory of those killed in Hond-Chillar, at the Golden Temple complex here, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said, “The proposal to allocate Rs 1 crore for higher education of children of all 1984-riot affected families, including the survivors of the Rewari massacre, has got the nod from the SGPC executive and we will facilitate the same for all those who approach us. We are also committed to fight a legal battle over the Rewari massacre to its logical end and will bear all expenses involved in it.” The SGPC has already allocated Rs 50 lakh for legal aid in the case.

Makkar sought a proper rehabilitation package for the survivors and restoration of their agricultural land which they reportedly sold off at throwaway prices. He also demanded that those guilty in the case should be identified and punished. He rejected the probe report into the massacre submitted by the Divisional Commissioner and renewed his demand for a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He said a memorial would be raised at Hond-Chillar village in consultation with the surviving families.

The Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh, gave siropas to the survivors of the carnage who came from Bathinda and Ludhiana to attend the bhog ceremony here. The Jathedar said the Haryana Government must bring to book all those who hatched this conspiracy. Dal Khalsa leader Kanwarpal Singh Bittu flayed the Centre and the Haryana Government and said their attitude on the issue did not indicate that justice would be done in the case. Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Khalsa and Khalsa Action Committee Chairman Bhai Mohkam Singh were also present.

Meanwhile, SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjeet Singh Mann was not allowed to address the gathering by the SGPC which contended that it was a religious and not a political function. However, that didn’t stop Mann and he aired his views after the function got over. He flayed the Centre for “discriminating against Sikhs”, contending that while the guilty have been sentenced to death in Mumbai terror attack and Godhra tragedy, no one has been punished for the 1984 riots.

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the phrases "better late than never" come to mind.

or is it because the sgpc's popularity is being hit hard by factions creating their own "sgpc's"

Shame on them. They should have acted a long time ago. Typical Panjabi's. Were they Sikhs, it would have been different

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