Amritsar, June 08 (KMS): Members of Sikh community raised pro-Khalistan slogans and carried Khalistani flags during a massive rally held in Amritsar.
A video of the rally has gone viral wherein the Sikh participants are seen shouting slogans like ‘Sikhs will get freedom’, ‘Azadi is the right of Sikhs’, ‘Freedom is the demand of every Punjabi’, ‘It is the desire of every Sikh that Punjab will become Khalistan’. Reportedly, the rally was held on Monday on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the ‘Operation Blue Star’.
The participants of the rally also carried the posters of the great Sikh leader (late) Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale and raised slogans in his favour as well. Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale was killed by the Indian army when they stormed the Golden Temple, the Sikhs’ holiest shrine in Amritsar, in June 1984. Besides Bhindrawale’s killing, the Indian army backed by tanks and artillery guns massacred thousands of Sikhs including pilgrims as well as reducing to rubble the Skihs’ holiest shrine during its ‘Operation Blue Star’ between June 01 to June 01 in 1984.
Earlier on the ‘Operation Blue Star’ anniversary, Akal Takht chief Giani Harpreet Singh, addressing a public gathering outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar, said Sikhs should set up weapon training academies where people could learn to use state-of-the-art weapons in view of attempts being made by the Modi government to weaken Sikhs politically, economically and socially. His statement comes just days after Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead. Akal Takht is one of the five seats of authority for Sikhs. It is in the Darbar Sahib in Punjab’s Amritsar.