Radical outfit Dal Khalsa on Friday made a fervent appeal to Sikhs around the world to observe June 6 as Khalistan Day.
Hundreds of Dal Khalsa supporters, including women and children, took out a march, calling it ‘Genocide Remembrance Parade’, on the streets of Amritsar, displaying photographs of damaged Akal Takht and Sikhs who died during the Operation Bluestar in 1984.
Carrying saffron flags and placards, the participants marched from the organisation’s office near the railway station and passed through major lanes of the city before concluding the parade at the Akal Takht after performing “ardas” (prayer service). They also raised slogans in favour of Khalistan.
Addressing the protest to commemorate 32 years of the army operation, outfit head Harpal Singh Cheema said: “Thirty-two years ago, with the attack on the Golden Temple, the foundation stone for an independent state was laid. The sentiments of sovereignty that were strengthened by the army attack have not been buried with the passage of time and change in the political scenario.”
Spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh reiterated the outfit’s call for Amritsar Bandh on June 6. He said thousands of innocent pilgrims, SGPC employees, political activists and volunteers died during the operation.