Gurdwara declines to hold prayer service for war hero
Panchkula: A gurdwara here is in the midst of a row over its refusal to hold a prayer service for a decorated former army general as he had participated in Operation Bluestar, the June 1984 action to flush out heavily-armed terrorists from the Golden Temple.
The Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Sector 7 of this Haryana town, adjoining Chandigarh, declined to entertain a request by the family of Lt Gen RS Dyal to hold a prayer service on his first death anniversary this month. The refusal was conveyed on December 30 to Gen Dyal's widow Barinder Kaur Dyal.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which controls management of gudwaras in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, has controversially backed the refusal of the Panchkula Gurdwara, saying it was the "right thing to do".
A 1965 India-Pakistan war hero, Gen Dyal was the chief of staff of the Western Command headquarters at Chandimandir Cantt near here when the Operation Bluestar was carried out in June 1984 in Amritsar. The Golden Temple complex, except for the sanctum sanctorum, then suffered heavy damage.