Tight security was in place at Golden Temple
Alert police ensured nothing goes wrong Bandh was observed in Amritsar on the call given by the Dal Khalsa
Amritsar: The annual anniversary of Operation Bluestar went off peacefully on Monday in Punjab. The state government had put in place tight security arrangements around famous Golden Temple, where a large number of Sikhs had assembled. According to police, no untoward incident was reported. President of Shiromani Akali Dal-Amritsar and former MP Simranjit Singh Mann was also present at the Akal Takht, the highest Sikh temporal seat.
Mann held Punjab chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal accountable for infamous Operation Bluestar, besides undue interference in Sikh’s religious affairs including the running of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). It may be mentioned here that thirty two years ago, the Indian Army had entered the Golden Temple to flush out militants hiding there. The operation was code named as Operation Bluestar. The operation ended on June 6, 1984 when the body of militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was found and identified.
Since then every year in protest against the operation, the SGPC observes Operation Bluestar anniversary as a genocide day and honours the family members of Sikhs who were killed during the Army attack. During the Operation Bluestar nearly 3,000 people including army personnel were reportedly killed. Addressing the gathering Jathedar Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh lambasted then Union Government of India and said that the Sikh community would all over the world remember the unhealed wounds caused by the Operation Bluestar. The memorial built in the memory of those who were killed during the Army action witnesses a sizable footfall of devotees on June 6 every year.
Pro-Khalistan slogans raised
Amritsar: Pro-Khalistan slogans were raised by members of a radical Sikh group on the premises of Golden Temple here on Monday as the 32nd anniversary of Operation Bluestar was observed amid tight security. Supporters of Shiromani Akali Dal-Amritsar led by its president and former MP Simranjit Singh Mann raised slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ and ‘Punjab Sarkar Murdabad.’ Mann asked the SGPC to reinstate Sikh priest Balbir Singh who denied ‘Siropa’ to the Chief Minister.DP
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