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Bluestar anniversary: Akal Takht jathedar asks two MP-elects to get Bandi Singhs released

Amritsar bandh on call of radical Sikh outfits; activists raise pro-Khalistan slogans at Golden Temple; Faridkot MP-elect Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, son of former PM Indira Gandhi’s assassin Beant Singh, present as SAD(A) leader Simranjit Singh Mann and former MP Dhian Singh Mand addressed gathering.

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh (fourth from left), SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami (centre) and others at the Akal Takht during the 40th anniversary of Operation Bluestar at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 02:41 PM IST

Operation Bluestar anniversary: 2,300 personnel to guard Amritsar city

Police commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar says security arrangements and robust traffic management are in place.

Security personnel keep vigil in Ghee Mandi of Amritsar on Wednesday. (Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 06:00 AM IST
By, Amritsar

1,000-cr damages: Fight for justice drags on, SGPC awaits Centre’s proposal

The suit against the Union government was filed in the Delhi high court in March 1985 by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) under its then president, Gurcharan Singh Tohra. According to the court’s instructions, efforts were made for an out-of-court settlement, but they have borne no result so far.

The military action in 1984 had not only damaged the Akal Takht building but also other buildings in the Golden Temple complex, including the Teja Singh Samundri Hall, which houses the SGPC headquarters.
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 05:28 AM IST

Revisiting Golden Temple 40 years after Op Bluestar

Time heals wounds but scars remain, finds HT’s Surjit Singh as he tracks change at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar over the past four decades since the army action in June 1984.

The Akal Takht after the army’s Operation Bluestar in 1984. (HT photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Operation Blue Star: Trauma and lessons

A crucial lesson of the violence in Punjab is that given India’s plurality, regional aspirations have to be blended with the mainstream

Devotees look at a model of the demolished Akal Takht Sahib, regarded as the supreme seat of the Sikh religious authority during Operation Blue Star in 1984 ahead of the operation's anniversary at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 3, 2024. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 10:00 PM IST
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