Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 14
Various political, farm and social organisations and kin of martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh on Tuesday carried out a protest march against the renovation and beautification of Jallianwala Bagh alleging it to be tinkering with the historic web site.
They had been denied entry to the Bagh as a safety measure, for the reason that Amritsar police have imposed Section 144 banning the meeting of 5 or extra individuals at a spot, and holding of a protest within the neighborhood of the memorial until November 6.
Amid heavy police barricading, the protesters, together with representatives of Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Society, Kisan Sanjha Morcha and martyrs’ households, had no possibility however to stage a sit-in on the Heritage Street metres forward of the Bagh for a couple of hours.
CPI district secretary Amarjit Singh Asal stated the heavy police association confirmed that the anti-democratic imaginative and prescient of Gen Reginald Dyer and Gen O’ Dwyer nonetheless prevailed in our system. “A century in the past, on the similar place the British regime had imposed a ban on public meeting. Now, the current dispensation has been replicating the identical. We simply wished to convey to the authorities that until the historic heritage is restored on the Bagh, we might proceed to boost our voice,” he stated.
Jallianwala Bagh Freedom Fighters Foundation president Sunil Kapoor, who misplaced his nice grandfather Lala Wasu Mal within the 1919 bloodbath, stated the Bagh gave the impression to be extra of a “picnic” and “selfie” spot than a memorial.
“What is improper once we demand that the memorabilia and photos of martyrs be re-installed? We have been elevating the problem of granting a freedom fighter standing to the martyrs from the Centre and the state governments for lengthy however in useless,” he stated.
They demanded that the murals mounted on the partitions of the unique slim avenue, from the place Gen Dyer handed by together with his troops and opened fireplace on a gathering of unarmed males, ladies and kids assembled within the Bagh, be eliminated. They additionally wished the separate exit level to be closed because it defied historical past which speaks solely about one entry-exit level.
The pedestal on which Dyer stood and ordered firing has additionally been erased; it must be rebuilt on the similar place, they demanded.
They objected to shifting of the Amar Jyoti flame, which was earlier on the entrance of the memorial, to the again. They demanded that or not it’s restored at its unique spot to evoke a patriotic really feel.
Another objection raised by them was in regards to the new construction constructed on the martyrs’ properly.