Shift Swaraj Mazda unit says AISSF

Ranit Singh

Ranjit Singh & Hira Singh, about 1835-9. Kapany Collection

Panthic organisations have urged the Punjab government to initiate steps to shift the Swaraj Mazda factory near Ropar in order to save the heritage associated with Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

In a press note, Manjit Singh Bhoma, president, AISSF, said the hillock dates back to era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He added that earlier too a metallic (ashth dhatu) pillar which was situated near the Nishan Sahib was removed by the anti-Panthic forces in 1984 which had the inscription of an agreement between the British and the Maharaja. He said a case in this regard was registered at Kathgarh police station last year. The federation had organised the death anniversary of the Maharaja on June 29 last despite opposition by the company.

He said there were only few monuments left in the state associated with the Maharaja and steps needed for their maintenance.

Mohkam Singh, convener, Khalsa Action Committee, alleged that the so-called descendants of Maharaja Ranjit Singh were involved in the demolition of heritage in Ropar hills as no one else had the courage to remove these.

The KAC convener said Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti should convene a meeting of all Panthic parties in the state to safeguard cultural heritage of the Sikh community in various parts of the state.

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