Amritsar, Punjab: Researcher Surinder Kochhar, who played a key role in digging out the mortal remains of 282 martyrs from historic Kalianwala Khu in Ajnala, today hit out at the state government for not facilitating a piece of land for performing the last rites of the martyrs.
In a statement released here, Kochhar said he recently held a meeting with the top officials of the Punjab Cultural Affairs Department and he was given assurance that they would be provided land for the last rites at the Camping Ground in Ajnala.
He said they had even published and dispatched invitations across the country while relying on the government assurance. However, they were still waiting for the government to fulfil its word. He said if they were not provided with proper space for performing the last rites, they would have no option but to do it at the cremation ground of Ajnala on August 1.
Kochhar flayed the delay in the process of preservation of the mortal remains of the martyrs excavated from the historic well. He said the experts had taken away the mortal remains to Chandigarh, but no forward movement had been made in this regard.
He also expressed his disappointment over the fact that the possibility of accessing the names of the martyrs was bleak. The mortal remains of the Kalianwala Khu martyrs were dug out in the first week of March by the Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Management Committee along with Kochhar.
Source: The Tribune