The police and paramilitary troops remained on their toes as various Sikh organisations observed the anniversary of Operation Bluestar in Patiala on Saturday.
The police stopped a group of Sikh activists marching towards the Kali Devi temple on the Mall Road here to avoid any untoward incident. However, the day passed off peacefully.
While various Sikh bodies held Akhand Path at almost all gurdwaras in the city to commemorate the death of the Sikhs killed in the army operation at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 6, 1984, the Hindu organisations held prayers at the Kali Devi temple to pay tributes to the army men and the police personnel who died while fighting the militants.
Police acted swiftly when a group of Sikh actvists opted the Kali Devi temple route on their way to Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib and managed to stop them well ahead of the temple where prayers were on.
Superintendent of police (city) Pritpal Singh Thind immediately rushed to the spot and asked the Sikh activists to take another route. Though the group was initially adamant on following the same route, they later agreed to the police request to change the route.
The police had made elaborate security arrangements in the city and conducted thorough patrolling to maintain law and order.