Sikh organisations to mark 25 years of Operation Bluestar

May 24th, 2009 - 4:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Amritsar, May 24 (ANI): Sikh organizations will observe the 25th anniversary of their protest against the Indian Army’s storming of the Golden Temple complex in June 1984 to evict heavily armed Sikh extremists.

The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion, the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and others plan to hold several events in the Golden Temple in the first week of June to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, the army’s code name for the operation.

Indian Army units had used heavy artillery against the terrorist militia, led by the separatist preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, holed up inside the shrine complex. Hundreds of people inside the shrine, including Bhindranwale and his armed supporters, and army and police personnel lost their lives in the battle.

The main function, on June 6, will be held at the Akal Takht. The building, which faces the Harmandar Sahib, was heavily damaged in Operation Bluestar.

The SGPC, the mini-parliament of the Sikh religion that manages Sikh shrines in Punjab, will hold its main function at the Manji Sahib hall of the temple complex.

“The main function will be on June 6. We want the function to be held well and go off peacefully,” SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said.

“We are trying to ensure that the SGPC involves all Sikh organisations in the events being held. Sikh bodies will be holding their individual events at the Golden Temple complex and other places in the first week of June,” radical Sikh body Dal Khalsa’s leader Kanwarpal Singh said. (ANI)

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