Pro-Khalistan Slogans Raised In Golden Temple Complex

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Radical outfit Dal Khalsa has called for a shutdown in Amritsar on Tuesday, on the anniversary of the Army's 1984 operation to flush out terrorists from the Golden Temple. In a departure from the recent past, SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar had reached out to all Sikh bodies this year in a bid for unity in the community.

Jathedar Akal Takhat kept continue his address without caring the slogans of Khalisthan raised by Sikh hardliners.

Several swords wielding Sikhs shouted "Khalistan Zindabad" slogans just when Jathedar (head priest) Giani Gurbachan Singh of the Akal Takht- the highest temporal seat of Sikhism- attempted to address the Sikh community. The hardliners also raised slogans against the Jathedar.

Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) today proceeded with its decision to accommodate Giani Gurbachan Singh to read out message to the Sikh Panth during June 1984 Ghallughara Samagam from Akal Takht Sahib. They, however, told the community to free SGPC and other Sikh institutions from "possession" of anti-community people.

According to Simranjit Singh Mann, Badungar had assured us that the head priest of the Golden Temple would be asked to address the community.

Mann also demanded that Gurbachan Singh be removed from the post forthwith.


"But our men foiled their nefarious designs as the anniversary of Operation Bluestar passed off peacefully", he claimed.

On June 6 past year, pro-Khalistan slogans were once again raised on the Golden Temple premises. Media censorship was also enforced in the state. After then, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered to remove militant religious leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale from Golden Temple in Amritsar.

As per the government reports, 493 militants and civilians were killed in Operation Bluestar.

Addressing the gathering Jathedar Akal Takht Gyani Gurbachan Singh lambasted at then Union Government of India said, "Sikh community would all over the world remember the unhealed wounds of Operation Blue Star".

Dal Khalsa has also given a call for "Amritsar bandh" on Tuesday, and the police wanted to ensure that it would not succeed.

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