Operation bluestar anniversary: Khalistan Zindabad slogans raised at Golden Temple

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Operation Blue Star anniversary observed on Tuesday at Akal Takht Sahib at the Golden Temple in Amritsar was by and large peaceful, save some disturbances from radical Sikh outfits whose members were also allowed to attend the event for the first time in many years.

The apology was later withdrawn after the objections were raised. The people were seen raising "Khalistan Zindabad" with full outrage.

Jathedar Akal Takaht Gurbachan Singh's speech was nearly crushed by the loud slogans of Khalisthan, .

"We boycotted Gurbachan Singh's address and staged a walkout".

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With today being the 33rd anniversary of Operation Blue Star, tight security arrangements have been made in several parts of Punjab, including Amritsar. In a related development, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar today appealed to all Sikh organisations to unite.

Mann also demanded that Gurbachan Singh be removed from the post forthwith.

There was heavy barricading around the Akal Takht in the premises of Golden Temple by SGPC to prevent suspicious entry inside the Takhat and policemen in mufti were also assisting the task force of SGPC.

Addressing the gathering Jathedar Akal Takht Gyani Gurbachan Singh lambasted at then Union Government of India said, "Sikh community would all over the world remember the unhealed wounds of Operation Blue Star".

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At Amritsar, security personnel have been deployed on the roads leading to the Golden Temple and the police was also keeping a surveillance on the vulnerable areas through CCTVs. Additional seven companies of para military forces were deployed in sensitive areas to avoid any untoward incident.

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).

It was on June 6, 1984, that the Army had stormed the Golden Temple to flush out extremists led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

As per the government reports, 493 militants and civilians were killed in Operation Bluestar.

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