A view of the outer wall of 'Kalianwala Khu' (where Indian soldiers were reportedly buried) at Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj in Ajnala.

Kalianwala Khu: State names panel members

Amritsar, Punjab: The state government today announced the names of the members of the concept committee that has been set up to arrive at a considered view regarding the construction of a memorial for the soldiers killed at ‘Kalianwala Khu’ in Ajnala in 1857. Their mortal remains were recovered from the well recently.

Punjabi University Vice Chancellor Prof Jaspal Singh will be the chairman of the committee that comprises of historians Pirthipal Singh Kapoor, Prof Harish Sharma, GNDU, Prof Mujjafar Alam, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Delhi, Dr GN Srivasatva, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India, and local historian Surinder Kochhar.

SS Channy, Principal Secretary, Cultural Affairs, said the decision had been taken after his visit to the site at Ajnala on March 8 and subsequent brief given to the Chief Minister. He said the excavated human skulls, bones, Victoria Service medals and coins were of great importance to the people. He said the responsibility for these articles rested with the government for which action would be taken.

Channy said the other demands of the society, including the memorial, had been made part of the scope of the Concept Committee.

Source: The Tribune

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