Operation Bluestar: Sikh rights group seeks UN probe

Posted June 07, 2017

On the anniversary of the terrible Operation Bluestar, pro-Khalistan slogans were raised by a section of Sikhs present at the Golden Temple on Tuesday.

The apology was later withdrawn after the objections were raised.

However, tension is gripping the city as the "parallel" jathedars are also expected to reach the Akal Takht, and apprehensions are that they may object to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh delivering address. Sikh hardliners led by radical Sikh leader and president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann raised slogans of "Khalistan Zindabad" soon after the Akal Takht (the highest temporal seat for Sikhs) Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh started his formal address. Sarbat Khalsa Jathedars also gave call for unity of community.

Demanding the removal of Gurbachan Singh, Mr Mann accused him of hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community by accepting the apology of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. They, however, told the community to free SGPC and other Sikh institutions from "possession" of anti-community people. In a related development, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar today appealed to all Sikh organisations to unite. Mann said that Gurbahcan was not fit for the post of head of Sikh Temporal seat and he should be removed forthwith.

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Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted for the 1995 assassination of then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, has asked all political parties and religious organizations to maintain peace and harmony on the occasion of the upcoming 33rd anniversary of Operation Bluestar on Tuesday.

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

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.

Memorial made in the memory of those who were killed during 1984 Army action on Golden Temple witnessed sizable footfall of the devotees today. Call for bandh in Amritsar city by radical organisation Dal Khalsa was partially successful.