Thirty-seven years in the past on at the present time, June 6, 1984, Indian military troops fought their approach into the besieged Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest shrine of Sikhism, and killed at the very least 500 Sikhs in a bloody climax to 2 years of combating between the Indian authorities and Sikh freedom fighters.
Within the ferocious gun and artillery battle, which was launched within the early morning hours of June 6, greater than 100 Indian troopers and scores of nonbelligerent Sikhs have been killed. The Indian Military additionally attacked Sikhs besieged in three dozen different temples and non secular shrines all through the state of Punjab. The Indian authorities hailed the operation as successful and mentioned it “broke the back” of the Sikh motion known as Khalistan.
Additionally, the Sikh Reference Library was destroyed in Operation Bluestar on the Golden Temple. Confusion and ambiguities nonetheless prevail in regards to the lacking uncommon repository of manuscripts and different artifacts that have been taken away by the military. Not solely the Centre, the SGPC too has didn’t provide you with correct particulars of the issues that went lacking and those returned by the Union authorities latter.
And now Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket is listening to a petition filed final 12 months by Satinder Singh in opposition to the SGPC after former library director Anurag Singh questioned integrity of the SGPC in preserving the uncommon repository.
As 37th anniversary of the Operation Bluestar of June 6, 1986 approaches, a heavy police drive was deployed by the Indian authorities across the Golden Temple on June 4. Senior police officers held conferences to make sure that the occasion passes off peacefully.
Police authorities mentioned that greater than 1,000 cops had been deployed close to the Golden Temple and an in depth watch was being saved on suspicious parts. Contingents of police forces from adjoining police districts, together with Amritsar rural and Tarn Taran, have been additionally summoned to take care of legislation and order within the metropolis. Cops in civil gown have been additionally deputed contained in the shrine.
The Sikh faith, which was based within the late 15th century by Guru Nanak, combines parts of Hinduism and Islam, the 2 main religions of India. The faith is centered on the Indian state of Punjab in northern India, the place Sikhs comprise a majority and communicate Punjabi.
Within the 1970s, agricultural advances made Punjab one among India’s most affluent states, and Sikh leaders started calling for higher autonomy from the central authorities. This motion was largely peaceable till 1982, when the Sikh fundamentalist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his followers launched a separatist marketing campaign in Punjab.