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Portrait of Sir Michael O'Dwyer removed from Sikh museum
December 11, 2007 15:26 IST
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Tuesday removed the portrait of Sir Michael O'Dwyer, who was Lieutenant Governor of Punjab during the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919, from the Sikh museum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar [Images].
The portrait of Sir Michael O'Dwyer was installed in the Sikh museum and the SGPC, following an objection from NGO Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Youth Front, decided to remove it.
Sir Michael O'Dwyer had supported Brigadier-General Dyer after the Jallianwala massacre on April 19, 1919, when the latter had opened fire on people during a prayer meeting there.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said the portrait has been removed and the circumstances under which it was installed will be investigated.
A 105-year-old freedom fighter, Bapu Shingara Singh, who had witnessed the massacre, had supported the NGO's move to get the portrait removed.
O'Dwyer was shot dead in London [Images] on March 13, 1940 by freedom fighter, Sardar Udham Singh, to take revenge for the Amritsar massacre.