New Delhi, June 06 (KMS): Sikhs in India and across the world has observed the 37th anniversary of the Operation Blue Star with renewed pledge that they would continue their struggle for Khalistan, through thick and thin.
Pro-Khalistan banners and posters were displayed in Punjab and elsewhere in India in favour of the separate homeland for the Sikhs and against the massacre of the community and desecration of the Sikh holiest place Golden Temple by Indian Army in Amritsar on this day in 1984.
A call for a march towards the Akal Takht was given by Sikh organisations, today.
Amid high security at the Akal Takht complex, pro-Khalistani group Dal Khalsa held a march towards the shrine to mark 6th June as ‘Khalistan Day’. Actor-turned-singer Deep Sidhu, had also given the call on his Facebook page to reach Akal Takht. However, heavy deployment of Indian forces was made to prevent the march. 6,000 policemen were deployed in Amritsar alone.
It was in June, 1984, Indian army attacked the Sikh holiest place, Golden Temple, and massacred thousands of Sikhs including their spiritual leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale. The army reduced the Sikhs’ holiest shrine to rubble.
Sikh organizations said that the operation was a deliberate move not only to kill Sikhs but also to desecrate their holiest religious place, which has left deep scars on the psyche of Sikh and they would rest until they achieve a separate homeland, Khalistan. Deep Sidhu in his post said that the attack was not on our body but soul.
Pro-Khalistan slogans were raised by Sikh protesters at the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs.
Dal Khalsa head Harpal Singh Cheema said, with the Indian Army attack on the Golden Temple thirty-seven years ago, the foundation stone for an independent state was laid.