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Memorial for 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims to come up in Delhi

PTI 02 Nov 2014, 8:00:39 AM IST
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New Delhi: A memorial in remembrance of the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots is being built at Gurdwara Rakhabganj Sahib in the heart of the national capital.

The memorial, dubbed "Wall of Tears", is being constructed by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK and its construction was kick started by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at an event.

Punjab's Deputy CM and President of SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also attended the function.

"The memorial is dedicated to the memory of thousands of innocent Sikhs killed in the massacre and those who laid their lives trying to save them. It coincides with completion of 30 years of massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs in November 1984," DSGMC said in a statement.

On construction of a memorial, Badal said it was a "good thing" as next generation would come to know about history.

The Punjab Chief Minister also said 1984 riots was a very painful episode and it was not just riots, but genocide.

He rued the fact that many accused of the riots have not been punished and some of them were even holding important positions.