Firm walks out of pun­jab me­mo­rial

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

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.

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