‘Khalistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised by Sikh organizations in the Golden Temple complex here on the 37th anniversary of Operation Blue Star on Sunday.
Members of Dal Khalsa along with Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) officials paid homage to those who were killed during Operation Blue Star, which was carried out in 1984 to flush out heavily-armed terrorists holed up in the Golden Temple.
Bhindranwale was hailed as a 'martyr' in the Golden temple by the Sikh Sangat, his son was also honoured at the Golden temple complex- the site of Operation Bluestar.
Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann, Dal Khalsa general secretary Kanwarpal Singh, Deep Sidhu and Paramjit Kaur Khalra wife of Human Rights activist late Jaswant Singh Khalra were present during the function.
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh while addressing the devotees appealed not to remember the 1984 massacre as ‘Operation Blue Star’ rather call it ‘Ghallughara Diwas’ to describe the army action on the highest temporal seat of Sikhs i.e. Shri Akat Takht Amritsar.
He said that the Sikh community will always remember the unhealed wounds of Ghallughara Diwas. There was heavy barricading by police around all entry points to the Golden Temple.
SGPC president Bini Jagir Kaur also addressed the function and said that Sikhs are dearer to their places of religion than their lives. She said no Sikh can ever forgive those attacked Sikh temple. She appealed to the Sikh Sangat to always maintain unity in order to strengthen the Sikh religion across the world.
Meanwhile, placards of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale were spotted at Golden Temple and even actor Deep Sidhu, the prime accused of the Red Fort violence, who is at present out on bail, was seen offering prayers at the shrine on Sunday.