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Operation Blue Star Anniversary - Pro-Khaistani slogans raised again

Operation Blue Star Anniversary - Pro-Khaistani slogans raised again

Today, pro-Khaistani slogans were raised by Subaltern Sikh hardliners in the golden temple complex on the anniversary of operation blue star. An incident, which is not unprecedented but sends chills down the spine when someone thinks of it. These despicable slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ were raised by supporters of SAD (A) led by Simranjit Singh Maan, when the Akal Takht (The highest temporal seat for Sikhs) Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh started his customary address.

There are reports that slogans against Gurbachan Singh were also raised. A dominant Sikh group, 'Sarbat Khalsa', also appointed "parallel" Jathedar Dhian Singh Mann who addressed a group of hardliners from the ground floor of the Akal Takht. He also accused former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of interfering in Sikh religious affairs including in the working of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee or SGPC. Mr Mann said the SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar had assured him on Monday that Gurbachan Singh would not be allowed to address the Sikh community from the Akal Takht, despite that  Mr Badal, according to him, forced Mr Badungar to send Giani Gurbachan Singh to address the community instead of the head priest And that’s how the controversy started. Mr Mann also accused Gurbachan Singh of hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community by accepting the apology of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Maan also demanded that Gurbachan Singh should be immediately removed from the post. A bandh was also observed on Tuesday which was called by a radical Sikh outfit called Dal Khalsa.

However, the government is fully prepared to tackle any law and order situation in the state as policemen in civil clothes along with SGPC’s task force were deployed throughout Amritsar. As many as 15 companies of various paramilitary forces have been deployed in different parts of Punjab.

Operation Blue Star was a military operation conducted between June 1 and June 10, 1984, and was aimed at removing militant religious leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his followers from the Harmandir Sahib complex of the Golden Temple. 483 persons including civilians and security personnel were killed in this operation. However, this operation invited a lot of backlash from various religious and political lobbies. Assassination of Indira Gandhi and Anti- Sikh riots of 1984 were repercussions of this operations.

Posted On : 06-Jun-2017

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