By Simon LeeA memorial has been erected to commemorate the mass murder of Yuru camp in India in 1945.
But the monument, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, has a dark side.
It commemorates the murder of a young Indian Muslim, Sajjad Ahmad, who was tortured to death by Hindu extremists.
Ahmad was among the hundreds of men and boys, many of them Muslims, who were taken hostage by Hindu nationalists during the brutal takeover of Yuruf camp in Punjab state.
The Indian government has apologised to the family of Sajdah.
A memorial to the victims of the Indian army’s bloody occupation of Yurgad in Punjab, which was one of the largest massacres in the country’s history, has been unveiled at a site near the camp.
The monument features photographs of the victims and the names of those who died.
A small section of the memorial depicts an inscription: “A day has come when I shall be able to say to you, the children of Yurtah, we were your sons and daughters.”
“I shall be the first to pay homage to those who gave their lives,” the inscription says.
But many say the inscription is misleading.
They point out that the Yuruff camp was not an isolated incident.
It was part of a campaign to impose Hindu-majority rule in Punjab.
They claim that the inscription, which has not been approved by the government, is a propaganda tool used to push a political agenda and incite Hindu-Muslim hatred.
Many of those involved in the Yurgada massacre were Hindu nationalists.
The Yururabad massacre took place on 1 December 1945, when hundreds of thousands of Muslim and Muslim-owned businesses were burnt.
The killings were a clear violation of the 1921 Indo-Pak War agreement and an act of terror that killed hundreds of people, including many civilians.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Yururu camp at the start of his campaign for India’s presidency, visited the site at the end of July.
On Monday, he spoke with villagers, and the Yurtahs said they were heartbroken.
“We are deeply saddened at the fact that the government has made a monument to the memory of our loved ones, the Indian soldiers who were killed in Yurugad,” a statement on the Yushurabad Yurta website said.
“But we are also angry that they have made it a memorial to a single individual who, in our country’s most sacred religious site, was a Muslim.
The statement also said the government “is committed to ensuring that the memorial in Yuru, a small town near Yuru in Maharashtra, is well attended by the public”.’
Rape and violence’The memorial is one of a number of public memorials to honour victims of Indian military occupation.
The government has also made it compulsory for schools and colleges to feature memorials of Indian soldiers killed in conflict, as well as those who were abducted and tortured.
In July, a memorial commemorating soldiers killed during the 1991 Indo-Nepal war was erected in Hyderabad.