Published July 11, 2012 | 2:52 pm
The books also alleges that Sikh Students Federation president Bhai Amrik Singh, who died during Operation Bluestar in June 1984, was an “Information Bureau agent”.
This is the first time that someone has openly pointed a finger at Amrik Singh. Earlier, some suspicions were raised against Harminder Singh Sandhu, the former general secretary of the federation, who was arrested during Operation Bluestar and was later killed by militants.Nayar has also alleged that Gaini Zail Singh blessed the formation of the Sikh hardliner group Dal Khalsa to “needle the Akalis” on 13th April 1978.
Sikh radical organization Dal Khalsa’s spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh on Wednesday said ” Our party came into being on August 13th and not 13th April as claimed by Nayar”.
Calling Nayyar’s allegations against Dal Khalsa and other Sikh personalities as senseless and baseless,he said their party continues to bear the burden of the sophisticated malign campaign of the authors and writers.
Nayar’s book alleges Zail Singh had paid for the bill of Dal Khalsa press conference at Hotel Aroma at the time of its formation.However, Dal Khalsa claims their men paid the bill of nearly Rs 98 on their own.
Meanwhile All India Sikh Students Federation today announced that it would start a “Book Burning” campaign .While talking to reporters here, AISSF president Karnail Singh Peermohammad demanded that “Lotus Roli”, the publisher of Nayar’s book, immediately stop the sale of the controversial book until the chapter “Punjab in Flames” was removed. If the publisher failed to remove the spiteful chapter against AISSF and Sant Bhindranwale, the federation would pursue legal action, he warned.
Nayar who has been appearing on panthic stages to gain legitimacy in the Sikh community has finally revealed his true colors by calling federation president Amrik Singh an IB agent and Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale a “creation of Congress”, said Peer mohammad.
Nayar’s book has also started another controversy after it levelled an allegation that former PM ,P V Narasimha Rao had connived at the demolition of Babri Masjid claiming that the late Prime Minister had sat in a puja when the kar sevaks began pulling it down and rose only when it was over.
Various Sikh organisations are terming Nayyar’s claims as cheap publicity tricks.