Amarinder lays stone of Jallianwala Bagh memorial park


Chandigarh, January 25

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday virtually laid the foundation stone of the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Memorial Park in Amritsar, with an emotional tribute to the unsung heroes and to their families from a poem recalling how “After years still, (we are) carrying the pain of martyrs”.

Remembering the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for India’s independence, the Chief Minister slammed those criticising the state government for setting up their own memorial, saying every Punjabi has the right to remember the unparalleled tragedy that paved the way for the freedom struggle.

Terming the centenary celebration a happy occasion, he said he would also participate in the national-level celebration of the historic event at the Jallianwala Bagh.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister announced a Jallianwala Bagh Chair at Guru Nanak Dev University here and a literary festival dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in one of the world’s biggest humanitarian tragedies.

“The sky frequents daily to weep here, the arrows still sting in Punjab’s heart..” he read from Rukshanda Jaleel’s poem on the massacre.

Noting that the exact number of deaths in the massacre was still not known, the Chief Minister asked Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to ensure that the research into the data is completed so that the exact number could be ascertained and small memorials built in their villages.