Sikh groups to observe 25 years of Operation Blue Star (Re-issued with Corrections)

May 24th, 2009 - 9:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh Amritsar, May 24 (ANI): Various Sikh organisations have decided to observe the 25 years of Operation Blue Star as the Martyrs’ Day in first week of June in remembrance of the Army’s action at the Golden temple to evict extremists hidden inside.

President of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Parmjit Singh Sarna, on Sunday said that they would observe the completion of 25 years of Operation Blue Star as they observed other days of the Sikh martyrs.

Talking about the recent statement of Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh on 1984 anti Sikh riots, Sarna blamed media for distorting his statement, which actually meant that the political parties should not exploit these issues for their vested interests.

American Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (AGPC) would also observe the 25th anniversary of Operation Blue Star by conducting a number of public programs in various Gurdwara situated in USA.

“A number of delegations would take out Candle light vigil in front of the Indian Consulates situated in USA and Canada to register their protest against the action taken by the Indian Army on the holy Golden Temple, 25 years ago,” said Dr. Pritpal Singh, convener American Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee, over phone from the U.S..

Dr. Singh added the incident had deeply hurt the sentiments of the Sikhs, which they believe could never be healed.

However, another group Dal Khalsa has plans to undertake a “Genocide Remembrance March” in the lanes and streets of the holy city of Amritsar on June 3, the day when the Indian Army carried out action at the Darbar Sahib to force out militants hidden inside the revered place.

“The march would start from Dal Khalsa office and conclude at Akal Takht where Ardas (prayer) would be performed in the memory of those who lost their lives during the attack,” said Kanwerpal Singh, spokesperson of Dal Khalsa.

Indian Army units had used heavy artillery against the terrorist militia, led by the Sikh extremist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was holed up inside the shrine complex.

SGPC, the premier body of Sikhs, would observe the Operation Blue Star’s 25th anniversary at Akal Takht, where they will honour the kin of Sikh martyrs on this occasion.

It is pertinent to mention that a few years back the SGPC had announced to construct a monument in the memory of Sikh martyrs of the Operation Blue Star, which is yet come into existence. (ANI)


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