Amritsar administration denies permission to hold Ghallughara Remembrance March

AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—The district administration of Amritsar has denied permission to hold Ghallughara Remembrance March on June 5. Notably, Dal Khalsa takes out this march every year to mark the anniversary of the June-1984 holocaust.

Interacting with media on June 3, Dal Khalsa’s spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh informed that the administration had sought program details from them, after which they submitted the same. “Today, we have received a written communication from the district administration in which they have denied permission to hold Ghallughara Remembrance March on June 5,” he told media on June 3. 

Kanwarpal Singh further said that the district administration has cited Indian Home Ministry’s directives of keeping religious shrines closed till June 7 and ban on religious, social and cultural gatherings. The administration has also cited imposition of Section-144 of CrPC in Amritsar. 

“We had ensured the administration to follow proper social distancing measures during the march but still the administration has denied permission as per pre-planned policy,” he said while alleging that the Home Ministry’s directive of keeping religious places closed till June 7 was specially designed keeping in view the Ghallughara Diwas. 

Kanwarpal Singh said that now they have decided to send a jatha of only five Singhs to Sri Akal Takht Sahib to symbolically mark the occasion on June 5. 

“This year, we also didn’t give any call to keep Amritsar closed on June 6 as the pandemic has already ruined financial stability of common masses,” said Kanwarpal Singh. 


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