Tension prevailed in Punjab on Thursday as hardliners, brandishing swords, pro-Khalistan slogans raised inside the Golden Temple complex on the culmination of special prayers to mark the 35th anniversary of Operation Bluestar.
The prayers were to mark the anniversary of Operation Bluestar that was carried out in June 1984 by the Indian Army to flush out heavily armed terrorists from inside the Golden Temple complex.
Security agencies were put on high alert in and around this city in view of the anniversary.
Punjab Police, paramilitary forces and intelligence personnel were on alert and stationed at different locations across the city, particularly around the Golden Temple complex.
The radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa called for a shutdown in Amritsar to protest against the Army action.
Acting Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Harpreet Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Gobind Singh Longowal had appealed to the public to maintain peace while observing the anniversary.
“The Indian Parliament should bring ‘maafi da matta’ (an apology resolution) for the execution of Ghallughara (Operation Bluestar) in 1984,” he said in a statement.
On the anniversary of Operation Bluestar in 2014, a clash between radical Sikh activists and the task force of the SGPC had taken place in which several people were injured in the Golden Temple complex.