Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Martyrdom day of General Sham Singh Attariwala observed in Punjab

Sham Singh Attariwala Gurdwara Chote Sabraon

Amritsar, Punjab: Even as the state government declared to commemorate the martyrdom day of legendary Sikh General Sham Singh Attari at the state level, the General Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala Trust demanded that the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari be named after him.

The trust submitted the demand to Cabinet Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike who was the chief guest on the 168th martyrdom day of the Sikh General. col. harinder singh attariwalaIt pointed out that the absence of security measures and maintenance of India Gate located on the Amritsar-Chheharta bypass, where a huge statue of Sham Singh Attari had been installed, was still a serious concern. Col Harinder Singh, general secretary of the trust and descendent of Sham Singh Attari, said improper maintenance was giving a poor picture to thousands of tourists who visited the Attari-Wagah joint check post for watching Retreat Ceremony. He said all the llights and electrical fittings had been damaged or stolen with the result that the area was in total darkness.

The trust also urged the government to stage a ‘Light and Sound’ programme on a daily basis at the water site of the memorial complex at Attari. It also appealed to the government to restore the original name of Attari railway station.

Gulzar Singh Ranike, Cabinet minister, and others also pay tributes at the venue.

Meanwhile rich tributes were paid to legendary Sikh General Sham Singh Attari during a state-level function organised to mark this 168th martyrdom day here today.Floral tributes were paid to the Sikh General at India Gate while bhog of Akhand Path was organised situated at his native border village Attari. Sham Singh Attari fought British with valour and got martyrdom on this day in 1846 at Sabhrawan.

Sham Singh Attariwala was a general for the Sikh Empire and is famous for his last stand at the Battle of Sobraon. He joined the Sikh military in 1817 and during the Afghan-Sikh Wars participated in the Battle of Attock, Battle of Multan, Battle of Peshewar, and the 1819 Kashmir expedition. His daughter was married to Prince Nau Nihal Singh and he served on the council of regency for Maharajah Dalip Singh.


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