Pro-Khalistan slogans allegedly raised at Golden Temple
Sikh hardliners allegedly raised pro-Khalistan slogans at the shrine on Operation Blue Star’s anniversary.
Pro-Khalistan slogans were allegedly raised by Sikh hardliners in the Golden Temple complex, in Amritsar, on the 36th anniversary of Operation Blue Star.
According to news agency PTI, on Saturday, around 100 activists led by Imaan Singh Mann allegedly raised the slogans at the Akal Takht -- the highest temporal seat of Sikhs. Mann is the son of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and former MP Simranjit Singh Mann.
The 'Parallel Jathedar' of Akal Takht Dhian Singh Mand, who entered the premises with the Mann-led group, addressed a gathering.
Notably, the members of Sikh hardliner outfit Damdami Taksal along with Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) officials honoured the families of those who were killed during Operation Blue Star. The operation carried out during former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s regime in 1984, was aimed at flushing out heavily-armed terrorists holed up in the Golden Temple.
Addressing the gathering, Giani Harpreet Singh said the Sikh community will always remember the unhealed wounds of Operation Blue Star.
The group behind the pro-Khalistan slogans at the shrine complex had a minor scuffle with the police earlier in the day. The security deployed outside the shrine had denied entry to the group led by Mann.
However, later, the group was allowed entry following the intervention of senior police officials present at the spot.
Due to the COVID outbreak, not more than 1,000 people gathered at the shrine today. Usually, more than one lakh people visit the shrine on the day marking Operation Blue Star.