The Dal Khalsa has launched a campaign to garner support for its shutdown call for June 6, the 31st anniversary of ‘Operation Bluestar’, a military operation against armed militants holed up inside the Golden Temple.
“The shutdown has been called to protest against the sacrilege, the killing of innocent pilgrims, and loot of manuscripts from Sikh Reference Library,” said Dal Khalsa spokesperson, Kanwar Pal Singh.
The Golden Temple is the holiest in Sikhism.
On Monday, youth groups associated with the Dal Khalsa distributed posters and leaflets in the main commercial areas of the city which sought to justify the shutdown.
Activists of 'Jatha Neeliyan Faujan', led by its chief Harjinder Singh, also interacted with masses inside the Golden Temple premises, while members of the Sikh Youth of Punjab (SYP) led by Paramjit Singh roamed various localities urging the people to keep their business as well as educational institutions closed on June 6.
Kanwar Pal Singh, however, said medical stores would be allowed to remain open and added that the bandh would be peaceful and road and rail traffic will not be disrupted.
The Dal Khalsa claimed that the shutdown call had the support of Damdami Taksal, the Akand Kirtani Jatha, United Akali Dal and Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardani).