Op Bluestar Anniversary concludes with Khalistan slogans

Posted June 07, 2017

When the Akal Takht (the highest temporal seat for Sikhs) Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh started his customary address, supporters of the SAD (A) led by Simranjit Singh Mann raised slogans of "Khalistan Zindabad".

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh addresses a prayer session to mark the anniversary of Operation Blue Star at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Golden Temple Complex, in Amritsar Tuesday.

Jathedar Akal Takaht Gurbachan Singh's speech was nearly crushed by the loud slogans of Khalisthan, .

To prevent anti-social elements from fomenting trouble, as many as 15 companies of paramilitary forces, including the CRPF, the ITBP and the RAF, have been deployed in different parts of the state.

Singh wouldn't be allowed to address the Sikh community from the platform of Akal Takhat but Head Priest Golden Temple would be asked to address the community.

Badungar also met Dal Khalsa leader Kanwar Pal Singh and discussed ways to make the event peaceful in accordance with Sikh "maryada".Kanwar Pal assured him that members of all groupsassociated with his party would fully cooperate with the SGPC. To keep a tab on the anti-social elements, the police has also been conducting vehicle checks at several places.

The SGPC task force and police in plainclothes kept a watch.

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Meanwhile, the Dal Khalsa took out a "Genocide Remembrance Parade" in Amritsar with photos of the damaged Akal Takht.

However, the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex religious body of Sikhs, failed in getting enough support for uninterrupted ceremonial message read out by Akal Takht Jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh at the conclusion of the event.

Operation Blue Star was a military operation ordered by former prime minister Indira Gandhi which occurred between June 1 and June 6, 1984.

A year ago on June 6, pro-Khalistan slogans were again raised at Akal Takht in the premises of Golden Temple.

Meanwhile, there was a "poster war" between two groups in Phagwara, triggering tension in the city.

Operation Blue Star refers to the operation mounted by the Indian Army on June 3, 1984 to flush out Sikh extremists holed up within the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

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