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SGPC to probe missing artefacts relating to Operation Bluestar

IANS  |  Amritsar 

The Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Thursday ordered a probe into the whereabouts of artefacts relating to the Sikh and history after they were allegedly taken over by the during Operation Bluestar to flush out militants from the complex 35 years ago.

The SGPC, considered a mini-religious affairs, called a special meeting almost a week after Badal met and sought his intervention so that the missing artefacts are located and returned to the community.

After the meeting, SGPC told reporters that 560 rare manuscripts are part of the artefacts.

He said the sometime back in a reply to the SGPC said it had handed over all the manuscripts and documents taken by the to the and the SGPC.

"We do not know how many items at present are in the possession of the police. A high-powered committee will be formed shortly which will do a detailed inquiry about how many were taken and returned. Whosoever is found guilty will not be spared," he told reporters.

"Many of the items have not been returned back to us," he added.

"Then Jathedrar Joginder Singh Vedanti and were also called and this issue was discussed with them. Also the issue of selling of a rare Guru Granth Sahib for 4,000 pounds was discussed," Singh added.

The SGPC, the apex religious body of the Sikhs, manages gurdwaras (Sikh temples) in Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh, including the holiest of Sikh shrines - the Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple, in

More than 4,000 documents and several books besides gold and silver ornaments, precious stones, currency and coins were recovered by the security agencies during Operation Bluestar, a reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application by Gurvinder Singh Chadha said last year.

In the reply, the said the articles and documents recovered were handed over either to the SGPC or the government. But there were no details about the items returned and to who they were handed over.

The police in its reply said when Operation Bluestar was carried out at that point in time the state was under "military rule".

Operation Bluestar was a military action ordered by then to flush out militants led by holed up in the complex.

The operation was carried out between June 1 and 8, 1984, and claimed hundreds of lives and left the shrine and complex damaged.



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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 20:46 IST