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Cannot assure deletion of chapter on Bhindranwale: Maharashtra govt to HC

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The government told the Tuesday that it could not give any assurance on whether it would delete a chapter in a Class 9 history textbook, wherein Bhindranwale, the slain of the movement, was referred to as a "terrorist".

The statement was made by the state's counsel, V A Thorat, in response to a query from a bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre.

The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by a lawyer,

The petitioner has contended that the Balbharati textbook refers to Bhindranwale "as a terrorist and claims that he was arrested by the police, despite the fact that he was never arrested in his life".

He has also accused the State Bureau of Textbooks Production and Curriculum Research (popularly known as Balbharati) of spreading a "vicious propaganda against the struggle movement" and has claimed that "shaheed Sant Bhindranwale was considered a saint by many in the community".

However, Thorat opposed the plea, saying the Khalsa was just an individual and did not represent the entire community.

"This is the second edition of the said book. The decision to print all the text material that it contains was taken by a body of over 30 experts," he said.

"We cannot give the petitioner any assurance that the text he is objecting to will be changed or deleted," he said.

Bhindranwale was killed during the Army's Operation at the in Punjab's in 1984.

The bench has now reserved its judgment on the petition.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 19:10 IST