25 bullet marks to be preserved

BmSikh devotees rest before a wall with the bullet marks inside the complex of the Golden Temple, Sikh's holiest shrine, in Amritsar, India.

Former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhk Committee (SGPC) president Kirpal Singh Badungar has censured the central government for lying to Sikhs and the world that no bullet was fired aiming at the sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple during Operation Bluestar in 1984.

Talking to The Times of India team on Friday, Badungar said he along with a team of SGPC members and officials had conducted a survey to find out whether there were still bullet marks inside the sanctum sanctorum. "The bullet marks were present even on the saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib which was now in toshakhana (treasury)", he said and added that the then ragi Avtar Singh was also shot dead. He said all these findings belie the government's claims.

The bridge and stone of darshani deori, right and left side of room earmarked for the booking of akhand path , stairs of Sikh museum, pillars of Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga, langar deori, stairs of aata mandi deori were the other places where bullet marks were present, Badungar said.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar had constituted a committee to preserve the memories related to Sikh world.

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