Chandigarh, March 25: The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today unanimously sought apology for inhuman shooting down of 19 innocent Punjabis on Kamaghata Maru ship in the year 1914.
In a historic resolution passed unanimously by Punjab Vidhan Sabha, it was demanded that The Indian Government should ask Canada Government to ensure that Canadian Parliament should publically apologize for this inhuman act as it had apologized for the inhuman act with Chinese and Japanese people. Calling upon MLAs to raise this issue unanimously rising above petty political consideration, Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia Revenue Minister appealed to Treasury as well as opposition members not to politicise the martyrdom of 19 Punjabis but raise a united voice so that Canada Parliament was forced to apologise and that would be the befitting tribute to those unknown martyrs who laid down their lives for nation.
Introducing the official resolution Parliamentary affairs minister Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal said that “Canadian Government did not allow a ship containing Indian seeking freedom of the country to enter Vancouver port and forced it to return back to India. When ship reached Baj Baj port of Calcutta on 29th September 1914 then the English Government shot down 19 freedom fighters remaining freedom fighters were jailed. This house unanimously demands that Indian Govt. should ask Canadian Govt. that Canadian Parliament should apologize for that inhuman act as it has done in the case of Chinese and Japanese people.”
Supporting the resolution congress MLA and former Chief Minister Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bhathal that Indian Parliament should also pass this resolution. Education Minister Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema speaking on the occasion said that he would request Chief Minister to persue this issue with centre government. SAD MLA Mr. Gurpartap Singh Wadala supporting the resolution said that a memorial should be constructed in the memory of Kamaghata Maru martyrs. He said that Canadian State British Columbia has apologized for this tragedy and now Canadian Parliament should also do the same. Agriculture Minister Jathedar Tota Singh, Tourism Minister Mr. Sohan Singh Thandal and INC MLA Mr. Tarlochan Singh Soondh also supported the resolution and this resolution was passed unanimously by the Vidhan Sabha.