On the 35th anniversary of Operation Blue Star on June 6, pro-Khalistani slogans were raised at Golden Temple in Amritsar. On June 6, despite high security outside the Golden, supporters of Khalistani leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale were seen sloganeering and raising swords in the area. More than 3000 security personnel have been placed on the anniversary fearing such protests. Rapid Action Force companies and several companies of paramilitary forces have also been deployed across the city to maintain law and order.
In the morning on June 6, protesters entered the premise of Harminder Sahib demanding entry into the Akal Takht. They also demanded that they wanted to send a message for the Sikh community from the Akal Takht. Amidst the security arrangement and arms ban in the city, a radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa registered its protest against the army operation by calling for a shut-down. In the video, supporters can be heard raising pro-Khalistan slogans, and can be seen carrying banners that read "the struggle will continue till Punjab gets its independence" and "Khalistan Zindabad". They can also be seen raising swords inside the premises of Golden Temple. Posters of Bhindranwale were also seen.
The Indian Army carried out the Operation Blue Star between June 1 and June 8 in 1984. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, ordered the military operation to flush out Sikh militants including Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who were accumulating weapons in Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple).
Amid apprehensions that Sikh hardliners might create trouble in the Golden Temple complex, more than 3,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order, police officials said on Wednesday. Flag marches are also being conducted in several areas and surveillance of vulnerable areas is being carried out through CCTV cameras, they said. The officials had also said that policemen have been deployed at all the entry and exit points of the city, including the airport, the railway station, and the city bypass. Vehicles coming into the city from outside are being checked to prevent the entry of any miscreants, they added.
Jathedar of Akal Takht (highest temporal seat of Sikhs), Giani Harpreet Singh, and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president, Gobind Singh Longowal on Wednesday appealed to the Sikh community to maintain peace while observing the anniversary of Operation Blue Star. The SGPC has also deployed its task force within the Golden Temple complex to avert any untoward incident. It is also checking the antecedents of devotees who have come to the Golden Temple for a night stay as part of its measures to keep a check on troublemakers.
Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Shiv Dular Singh said a ban has been imposed on carrying any arms, including sharp-edged weapons, for the next five days in the city. Security personnel have been maintaining strict vigil after two motorcycle-borne dumped a bag containing two hand grenades and fled when they were asked to stop at a check post near an Indo-Pak border village here on Monday.
Police had earlier suspected that a militant outfit, Khalistan Liberation Force, is trying to create disturbance in Punjab in view of the anniversary of Operation Blue Star.