JALANDHAR: Thirty-two years after the burning of Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji at Sri Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, Nakodar and the subsequent killing of four young Sikhs, MLA Dharamvir Gandhi has taken up the issue regarding the Punjab government failing to release the report by the Justice Gurnam Singh Commission Of Inquiry probing the atrocities.
On February 4, 1986, Sikh Student Federation (SSF) members and local Sikh community members gathered in city of Nakodar to collect the Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji which had been desecrated and burnt at Sri Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, Nakodar on February 2, 1986.
The police opened fire at this unarmed and peaceful gathering of Sikhs as a result of which Shaheed Bhai Ravinder Singh Littran, Shaheed Bhai Baldhir Singh Ramgarh and Shaheed Bhai Jhilman Singh Rajowal-Gorcian were killed. The fourth victim, Shaheed Bhai Harminder Singh Chaluper, was allegedly executed at point-blank range by the police inspector Jaskirat Chahal after challenging Bhai Harminder Singh by name while victim was taking a shelter. In the report written by, the International Human Rights Organization committee, Bhai Harminder Singh Chaluper’s assassination is described as plain, unprovoked murder.
Despite the identification of the victims, the administration refused to hand over their bodies to their relatives. The dead bodies were cremated by the administration as “unidentified and unclaimed”. Based on the statements made by the Sub Divisional Magistrate, Surjit Singh Rajput, three of the victims were identified the evening before cremation. Two of the post-mortem reports showed the names of the victims, suggesting that the administration lied about their identification. The post-mortem examination was conducted at midnight, in violation of the Indian constitution.The Judicial inquiry report has to date not been made public and the culprits remain to be brought to justice.
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dharamvir Gandhi has written to Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, asking him to direct the Punjab government to make the report public and take action against the guilty officers.
Shaheed Bhai Ravinder Singh Littran’s parents, Bapu Baldev Singh and Mata Baldip Kaur had written to the Chief Minister on July 30 and on August 18, seeking action.
In October this year, MLA Kanwar Sandhu wrote to the Chief Minister stating that he had accessed the report in 1987 and the sequence of events at Nakodar had an uncanny resemblance with the firing at Behbal Kalan in October 2015. He said the commission had held that the “the firing was not justified and was ordered when the mob simply proceeded to the Gurdwara for darshan of the holy burnt birs”. The commission had held that the “firing was aimed to kill”, he had said.