Gabria prom­ises to pre­serve mar­tyr’s an­ces­tral house

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - An­shu Seth an­shu.seth@hin­dus­tan­

LUDHIANA: Hav­ing failed to take over Sha­heed Sukhdev Tha­par’s an­ces­tral house in Naugh­ara Mo­halla for four years af­ter a no­ti­fi­ca­tion in this re­gard was passed, Pun­jab tourism min­is­ter Hira Singh Gabria on Wed­nes­day promised to pre­serve the prop­erty.

The min­is­ter’s ac­tion came in wake of hunger strike be­ing ob­served by mar­tyr’s kin Vishal Nayyar.

Af­ter var­i­ous groups claimed to be the heir of Sukhdev’s an­ces­tral prop­erty, Sha­heed Sukhdev Tha­par Yaadgari Com­mit­tee had ap­proached the Pun­jab govern­ment to take over mar­tyr’s house.

There­fore, the state govern­ment, through its no­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2007, had agreed to pre­serve the house and de­velop it into a me­mo­rial.

But the no­ti­fi­ca­tion re­mained on pa­per all these years and the govern­ment did not make a sin­gle move to “own” the house or de­velop it into a me­mo­rial, thereby giv­ing a chance to var­i­ous fac­tions to fight for its pos­ses­sion.

See­ing no ac­tion be­ing taken on the mat­ter, Vishal Nayyar and his mother Babli, who claims to be Sukhdev’s niece, be­gan a hunger strike on Tues­day. Fol­low­ing this, Pun­jab tourism min­is­ter Hira Singh Gabria, who be­longs to Ludhiana, swung into ac­tion and con­vinced the mother-son duo to give up the hunger strike.

“ I have given up the fast af­ter Gabria as­sured me that govern­ment would take over Sukhdev’s house in 10 days. He also promised to con­vert it into a state-level mon­u­ment. We will con­vene a meet­ing with him in this re­gard af­ter two days,” Nayyar told HT.

“ In case the govern­ment fails to hon­our the tourism min­is­ter’s prom­ise, I will re­sume the hunger strike,” Nayyar added.

The 2007 no­ti­fi­ca­tion clearly men­tioned that the house be­long­ing to Sha­heed Sukhdev Tha­par had been in­cor­po­rated in the list of his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments un­der Pun­jab An­cient and His­tor­i­cal Mon­u­ments and Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Sites and Re­mains Act, 1964.

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