During the fateful night of 5/ 6 June while intense firefight was raging near the Akal Takht, senior Sikh leaders were huddled in one room in the Serai complex in mortal danger of being eliminated by radical youth deputed by Bhindranwale. It was Col Goraya who rescued them to the safety of the Cantonment and later interviewed them.
By anticipating and making arrangements for treatment of civilian casualties well in advance, he saved precious lives. After the Operation he played a constructive role in arranging and supervising restorative work in the Golden Temple complex.
His most valuable contribution however, was the spontaneous and timely action of saving the Toshakhana from plunder. For securing this invaluable treasure the nation, the army and especially the Sikh community owe him a debt of gratitude.
Author: Brig Onkar Singh Goraya
Features: PB, Super