Firm walks out of punjab memorial
The battle took place in Punjab on 5 February 1762; 35,000 Sikhs were massacred by the army of the Afghan invader Ahmed Shah Abdali. Spread over nine acres, the Punjab government built a memorial, Vadda Ghalughara (Big Holocaust) at Sangrur district’s Kup Rohira village two years ago and dedicated it to those brave Sikh solders. A Mohalibased private company, Walks and Walks Private Limited, was hired for its upkeep. But some days ago, the firm walked out of this prestigious monument, with 45 employees, after serving a month’s notice as it had not received its dues of Rs 70 lakh for one year. The memorial has a tower, an open air theatre, an auditorium and a canteen. The memorial is under the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board. This has surprised many as Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is a war history expert and battles involving the Sikhs are close to his heart. It is learnt that the Mohali firm is now likely to take up the non-payment of dues with the Chief Minister.