10 years ago, protest saved Jallianwala Bagh entry lane from ‘widening’

Naunihal Singh informed that it was through this main entry lane that General Dyer had entered the Bagh with his British soldiers.

A protest in 2008 had stalled a move to widen the historic lane used for entering the Jallianwala Bagh. Student unions led by Jalandhar-based Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall Committee had led the protest after coming to know that a move was afoot to alter one entry and two exit lanes to the Bagh.

“In 2008, freedom fighter Comarade Satpal Dang, one the trustees of Committee from Amritsar flagged it up that in the name of renovation, the Union Ministry of Culture was trying to destroy the historical monuments by demolishing three historic lanes including, one main and two tiny lanes for exit, to facilitate wider entry point for VVIP vehicles,” said Naunihal Singh, then general secretary of DBYHC.

He added: “We started our protest and even the last Ghadari Baba, Bhagat Singh Bilga (then 101), actively participated in that protest. We had even sought the intervention of the Prime Minister. The two small lanes, which were used for exit purpose, out of three were already demolished. But our protest save the main entry lane. We had demanded restoration of the other two, but they could not be restored in original form.”

Naunihal Singh informed that it was through this main entry lane that General Dyer had entered the Bagh with his British soldiers. The Committee, back then, had also approached Punjab and Haryana High Court with a…

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