Perneet Singh, Tribune News Service
Amritsar, May 10. Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president, today said any decision taken by the Akal Takht chief, Jathedar Gurbachan Singh, on the Operation Bluestar Memorial controversy will be final.
The SGPC and the Damdami Taksal have been at loggerheads for the past couple of weeks with the latter dedicating the memorial to Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
Talking to mediapersons after the SGPC executive committee meeting here today, Makkar said the issue was pending before the Akal Takht Jathedar. The Taksal had submitted a memorandum to him on the matter.
Emphasising the SGPC would honour any decision taken by the Akal Takht chief, he denied the Taksal’s allegation that SGPC workers had tried to uproot a board mentioning the history of Operation Bluestar.
On the issue of capital punishment to Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, he said Germany had rightly put pressure on India against executing the death sentence.
He wondered as to why the government could not commute Bhullar’s death sentence when it had done so in the case of Kishori Lal who had butchered 34 Sikhs during the 1984 riots.
Makkar said a world-class Sikh museum would be constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore at the Akali Market.
He said the langar building in the Golden Temple complex would be renovated with a modern kitchen.
Soon, a linear accelerator machine valued at Rs 12.5 crore would be installed at Shri Guru Ramdas Hospital for the benefit of cancer patients. A building had already been constructed for the purpose at cost of Rs 1 crore.
Makkar said efforts were afoot to enhance the number of MBBS and MD seats at the college.
The number of MBBS seats had already been increased from 100 to 150.