Chandigarh – Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the decision of the Union government to sanction Rs 2.16 crore to compensate 40 Sikhs, who had been illegally picked up from Sri Harmandir Sahib after the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered the ‘brutal and blunderous’ army assault on the holiest shrine of the Sikhs in June 1984. In a statement here, Badal said that the Centre’s decision to release the compensation amount would help in healing heal the wounds inflicted on the innocent Sikhs by the Congress led governments.“Although I whole wholeheartedly welcome the decision on the compensation and believe that it should be paid immediately, I also believe that for the Sikh community, it is not only about money. It is also about restoring their honour and upholding the innocence of the Sikhs and indicting the Congress government led by Indira Gandhi for the crime committed against the Sikhs and the humanity at large in 1984,” she said. The Centre’s decision comes in the wake of the strong opposition put up by the Shiromani Akali Dal to the action of the official advocates who had habitually sought to challenge the court’s verdict in favour of the innocent detainees.The SAD high command, led by the Akali patriarch Parkash Singh Badal had strongly urged the Union Government to order the payment of compensation to the innocent Sikhs when the BJP president Amit Shah met him in Chandigarh last month. Harsimrat Kaur Badal had also been persistently urging the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard.
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