Gabria promises to preserve martyr’s ancestral house
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.