Op Bluestar anniv: Paramilitary forces hold flag march in Amritsar

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 01, 2016 13:51 IST
Paramilitary troops and Punjab Police personnel took part in a flag march from Hall Gate to Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Aiming to infuse a sense of security among the people ahead of the anniversary of Operation Bluestar to be observed on June 6, paramilitary troops on Wednesday conducted flag march in various parts of the city.

As clashes have been witnessed inside Golden Temple in both 2014 and 2015 between Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) task force and radicals, the government is taking no chances and already the city has been turned into a fortress.

To heighten the vigil and avert any sort of untoward situation, six companies of paramilitary forces, 10 of anti-riot police (ARP) have already reached Amritsar. Apart from its own police force, around 2500 extra cops will be pushed into Amritsar from other districts.

Police personnel holding flag march in Amritsar on Wednesday. (Sameer Sehgal/ HT Photo)

Amritsar has got companies of CRPF, ITBP and the Rapid Action Force. They are also seen assisting the local police in checking at key points.

Other than the police, SGPC is making extra efforts to ensure that no clash takes place inside the shrine this time. Even the SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar had assured that they will not allow anybody to spoil the atmosphere inside the shrine.

He even appealed various panthic organisations to maintain sanctity of shrine on June 6. But if someone tries to create trouble, SGPC will act accordingly, he had said.

Notably, the Dal Khalsa will be taking out a ‘parade’, terming it as a genocide remembrance parade on June 3 while the same organisation has also given a call of ‘Amritsar Bandh’ on June 6.

As there are apprehensions that parallel jathedars announced during Sarbat Khalsa last year may also hold a gathering inside the shrine, both cops and the SGPC are on extra alert.

Police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal personally briefed the paramilitary troops on Wednesday morning and instructed them to stay alert and not indulge in any sort of action till ordered to do so.

ADCP (headquarters) Deepak Hilori, said, “This time the paramilitray forces have come in advance just because there are certain inputs, especially with the experience of last two years. Flag march was conducted in almost every part of the city as we want people to have a sense of confidence.”

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