Pro-Khalistan slogans reverberated inside the revered Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday as scores of Khalistani sympathisers and radicals took centre stage at the 33 rd anniversary of Operation Bluestar today. 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. A group of Sikh youths had even raised pro-Khalistan slogans on the periphery of the temple near the Akal Takht.
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.
Amid apprehensions that Sikh hardliners might object to the customary address by the Akal Takht (the highest temporal seat for Sikhs), Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, on Tuesday at the Golden Temple, the Amritsar city has been turned into a fortress with the deployment of about 5,000 security personnel, including seven companies of paramilitary forces. Sarbat Khalsa Jathedars also gave call for unity of community. Members of the SAD (Amritsar) led by former IPS officer Simranjit Singh Mann were also conspicuous.
They were demanding a separate homeland, Khalistan, for Sikhs.Rajoana's two-page handwritten letter was released by his sister Kamaldeep Kaur to the media on Monday.The murder convict asked all factions to maintain dignity of the Akal Takht (highest temporal seat of Sikhs).
On June 6 in 2015, five youths were injured in a clash inside the Golden Temple when people had gathered there to mark anniversary of Operation Bluestar.
The operation also constituted an act of aggression, the memo added. He, however, continued his speech saying, "The Sikh community will remember the unhealed wounds of Operation Blue Star".
The memorial dedicated to the shaheeds killed during the 1984 Army action on the Golden Temple witnessed a steady stream of visitors. A few radical organisations like Dal Khalsa have also given a call for a shut down in the city.