On Tuesday, a library in the United States State of Connecticut has extracted a memorial, which featured a portrait of an executed terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, with the top Indian diplomat has welcomed the “wise decision” undertaken not to permit a divisive agenda to create breach within the Sikh Community.  

Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was the head of Sikh religious sect Damdami Taksal. He was executed along with his armed followers during “Operation Blue Star” unveiled by Army of  Golden Temple Complex on June 1984.

The memorial to the Sikhs executed in the 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots was set-up at the Otis Library in Norwich around three-months ago, was placed on a wall of the main lobby in the library, report sources. 

Terrorist Bhindranwale and his followers in 1984 had occupied Harmandir Sahib and fortified Sikh shrine Akal Takht, from where they operated terror activities in Punjab. 

India’s Consul General in New York Sandeep Chakravorty told sources in New York, “I am happy that the unity of the community has been maintained and the library took a wise decision in not allowing a divisive agenda to create a rift within the community.”

Sources quoted the President of the Library Board of Trustees Nicholas Fortson saying that the Norwich Monuments Committee and Otis Library have jointly agreed to remove the plaque, portrait, and flags, adding that it was already removed two weeks ago. 

A local business owner Swaranjit Singh Khalsa had contributed to the memorial and had influenced to have it put up.

It further stated that the Plaques and Monuments Committee, whose members are Alderman Joe DeLucia, Alderwoman Stacy Gould, and Council President Pro Tem Bill Nash, had agreed to the request of the library to eliminate the memorial, said Mr. Gould. 

He continued, “They just decided this was not good for the mission of the library,” adding that the “library doesn’t want to get involved in some controversy.”

The report also reads, “The library is a non-political organization.” Therefore, it neither endorses products nor partisan political causes as “we want to make sure our visitors are in a safe atmosphere,” he added. 

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