Well where British buried 1857 martyrs to be dug, remains immersed in Ganga

To pay tribute to the martyrs of the 1857 uprising, who swam across river Ravi to reach Ajnala but were killed by the British, the gurdwara management committee of Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj has decided to excavate the well where most of rebel soldiers were buried by the British. Later, the remains of the soldiers will be immersed in the Ganga.

Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj is located right above the spot where the soldiers were buried in the well — known as Kalianwala Khoo. The committee has now decided to dismantle the existing gurdwara and build a new one in the same area, following which, excavation work will be taken up.

The committee will immerse the remains of the soldiers in the Ganga after the excavation, which it plans to finish by July 31 — the day celebrated as their martyrdom day.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new gurdwara was on Thursday held by Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh. Among those who were present on the occasion was Khadoor Sahib MP Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala.

"Most of the soldiers who were killed and buried in the well were Hindus. So, we have decided to immerse their remains in the Ganga. While no exact time frame could be given, even though we have started work for new gurdwara, we would try our level best to complete the excavation by July 31," committee president Amarjit Singh Sarkaria said, adding that help of experts could be also taken for excavation work.

Sarkaria said the management started to search for the exact location of the well about a month ago. They carried out excavation work and found some part of the well. "After working out the details, it has emerged that the building of the existing gurdwara is right over the well. The existing gurdwara was built about 40 years ago," he added.

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