40th anniversary of Operation passed off peacefully amidst the slogans of Khalistan

06 June 2024 Amritsar Activists from various Sikh organisations hold placards showing portraits of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, as they shout pro-Khalistan and anti-government slogans after offering prayers at the Golden Temple, on the commemoration of 40th anniversary of Operation Blue Star in Amritsar on Thursday. Bhindranwale and his supporters were killed in 1984 when the Indian army stormed the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion. PHOTO-PRABHJOT GILL AMRITSAR

Amritsar: The 40h anniversary of Operation Blue star passed off peacefully amidst the slogans of Khalistahn Zindabad raised by supporters and activists of Radical Sikh outfits including  activists of Shiromani Akal Dal Amritsar  headed by  former Member Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann and his associate former MP Dhian Singh Mand here today at the Akal Takht. Mann was also present on the spot.

Radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa’s activists were also seen holding placards bearing portraits of slain militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhidnrawala.

 Sikh youth led by Dal Khalsa carrying Khalistani flags, photographs of damaged Akal Takhat and Sikh killed Sikh leaders who were in June 1984, declared June 6 as a Khalistan Day. 

The Dal Khalsa activists  were holding a placard in thier hands with the portrait of Sant Bhindranwale and the portrait of Hardeep Singh Nijhar, who was murdered on Canadian soil.

The entire marbled periphery of Golden Temple near Akal Takht rendered with the slogans of Khalistahn Zindabad. Numbers of Sikh youth were holding banners and placards of “Khalistahn Zindabad”.

Jathedar Akal Takht (highest Sikh temporal seat) Gyani Ragbir Singh in his message to Sikh community said the two Sikhs who won the Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate should raise their voice in the parliament for the release of ‘Bandhi Singhs’.

Jatehdar said that need of the hour was Sikh preachers and scholars should visit to village to village to promote Sikhism to apprise the youth with rich Sikh tenets and Sikh history in order the unite them under the banner of Akal Takht. 

On this occasion, Jathedar as usual once again, announced slain militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhdindrawall and his supporter who were killed during army action in June 6, 1984 as martyrs and honored their family families at Akal Takht.

On this occasion, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex Sikh religious body, displayed the bullet-ridden holy saroop (volume) of the Guru Granth sahib, the saroop, which was installed in the sanctum sanctorum at that time, was hit by a bullet during the army action in 1984. 

There was peaceful bandh around the Golden Temple and interior walled city on the call of Radical outfit Dal Khalsa.

It may be mentioned here that thirty nine years back Indian Army had attacked on Golden Temple with code name Operation Blue Star to flush out hiding militants in the Golden Temple. The Three days operation ended up on June6th 1984 when the body of militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwala was found and identified.  

Bhindranwala during his life time was strongly demanding a separate Sikh home land .

Since then every year in anger SGPC observe Operation Blue Star anniversary as a genocide day and honor the family members of Sikhs who were killed during the Army attack. During the Operation Blue Star nearly 3000 people including army personnel were also reportedly killed. Operation Blue Star had also caused severe damage to the structure of Akal Takht.