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Photos | From the HT archives: 35 years since 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Updated On Nov 01, 2019 12:32 PM IST

The assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 unleashed a wave of communal frenzy resulting in anti-Sikh violence in Delhi and elsewhere in the country that left a blot in the nation’s history. 35 years since, the episode still stands fresh in the memories of those affected by the violence, with families holding on to lifes rent asunder by the trauma, and justice yet a goal fulfilled.

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Border Security Force personnel patrol the Bangla Sahib road to guard the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in New Delhi. On November 1, following the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, angry mobs took to rioting that lasted for four days in what is today known as the 1984 Sikh massacre. (HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Border Security Force personnel patrol the Bangla Sahib road to guard the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in New Delhi. On November 1, following the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, angry mobs took to rioting that lasted for four days in what is today known as the 1984 Sikh massacre. (HT Archive)

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A TV grab shows the Ramgarhia Bunga watch towers of the Golden Temple, damaged by artillery fire during Operation Blue Star and later restored to their original design. The Harmandir Sahib complex turned ground zero for Operation Blue Star after negotiators failed to draw Bhindranwale and his supporters out of their stronghold. (HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A TV grab shows the Ramgarhia Bunga watch towers of the Golden Temple, damaged by artillery fire during Operation Blue Star and later restored to their original design. The Harmandir Sahib complex turned ground zero for Operation Blue Star after negotiators failed to draw Bhindranwale and his supporters out of their stronghold. (HT Archive)

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Operation Blue Star was launched by the Indira Gandhi government against the surging Khalistani movement in Punjab. June 6th,1984 marks the date of armoured shelling on the holy shrine of Akal Takht with Indian armed forces taking effective control of the Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara complex the following day. (N Thyagarajan / HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Operation Blue Star was launched by the Indira Gandhi government against the surging Khalistani movement in Punjab. June 6th,1984 marks the date of armoured shelling on the holy shrine of Akal Takht with Indian armed forces taking effective control of the Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara complex the following day. (N Thyagarajan / HT Archive)

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Indira Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, 1984 by her bodyguards was a direct response to Operation Blue Star which was considered a desecration of the Sikh shrine. On her death, Rajiv Gandhi was appointed as the 6th Prime Minister of India. In this photo Indira Gandhi is seen with army officials at Rajghat on August 15, 1984, two months before her death. (Virendra Prabhakar / HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Indira Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, 1984 by her bodyguards was a direct response to Operation Blue Star which was considered a desecration of the Sikh shrine. On her death, Rajiv Gandhi was appointed as the 6th Prime Minister of India. In this photo Indira Gandhi is seen with army officials at Rajghat on August 15, 1984, two months before her death. (Virendra Prabhakar / HT Archive)

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Indira Gandhi’s death plunged the whole country into a state of anarchy and communal tension. Subsequently, a series of violent riots aimed at the persecution of the Sikh community saw Delhi burn, resulting in the death of almost 8000 Sikhs across the country. (HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Indira Gandhi’s death plunged the whole country into a state of anarchy and communal tension. Subsequently, a series of violent riots aimed at the persecution of the Sikh community saw Delhi burn, resulting in the death of almost 8000 Sikhs across the country. (HT Archive)

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An angry group of protestors burn down a house in Delhi during the November 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Large mobs killed around 3,000 Sikhs in Delhi, most of them men. The capital bore the worst of the violence which swept many parts of India. (HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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An angry group of protestors burn down a house in Delhi during the November 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Large mobs killed around 3,000 Sikhs in Delhi, most of them men. The capital bore the worst of the violence which swept many parts of India. (HT Archive)

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A view of the curfewed Sadar Bazar during the violence. According to the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, the violence that gripped the nation was not a spontaneous expression of grief but organised internally. In 2012, the CBI told a sessions court in Delhi that the then Congress government, its leaders like Sajjan Kumar and the Delhi Police had backed the massacre of Sikhs. Kumar was later exonerated by a court. (SN Sinha / HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A view of the curfewed Sadar Bazar during the violence. According to the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, the violence that gripped the nation was not a spontaneous expression of grief but organised internally. In 2012, the CBI told a sessions court in Delhi that the then Congress government, its leaders like Sajjan Kumar and the Delhi Police had backed the massacre of Sikhs. Kumar was later exonerated by a court. (SN Sinha / HT Archive)

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An army personnel on a tank is stationed at a strategic point on November 7, 1984. A few weeks after the riots, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi gave his infamous speech at a rally, justifying the riots by saying, “When a big tree falls, the earth shakes.” (Virendra Prabhakar / HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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An army personnel on a tank is stationed at a strategic point on November 7, 1984. A few weeks after the riots, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi gave his infamous speech at a rally, justifying the riots by saying, “When a big tree falls, the earth shakes.” (Virendra Prabhakar / HT Archive)

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Roofless charred mud houses seen in the aftermath of the riots bear testimony to savagery unleashed by a mob in Block 32 of Trilokpuri on November 1, 1984. (N Thyagarajan / HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Roofless charred mud houses seen in the aftermath of the riots bear testimony to savagery unleashed by a mob in Block 32 of Trilokpuri on November 1, 1984. (N Thyagarajan / HT Archive)

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An injured resident of Trilokpuri outside her home after the November 1984 riots. The worst affected areas in Delhi included Sulatanpuri, Trilokpuri, Seemapuri, Kalyanpuri, Delhi Cantt. and Nangloi. (Virendra Prabhakar / HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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An injured resident of Trilokpuri outside her home after the November 1984 riots. The worst affected areas in Delhi included Sulatanpuri, Trilokpuri, Seemapuri, Kalyanpuri, Delhi Cantt. and Nangloi. (Virendra Prabhakar / HT Archive)

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Victims of the 1984 riots are seen cooking in the open after their houses were burnt and destroyed by anti-Sikh mobs. 35 years on, the wounds of the riot victims remain unhealed, their loss still vivid in memory. (HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Victims of the 1984 riots are seen cooking in the open after their houses were burnt and destroyed by anti-Sikh mobs. 35 years on, the wounds of the riot victims remain unhealed, their loss still vivid in memory. (HT Archive)

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A survivor of the 1984 Sikh massacre looks at portraits of those killed in the violence, at Trilokpuri. The Delhi High Court on December 17, 2018 sentenced Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment, overturning his exoneration by a lower court in 2013, which was challenged by the CBI. The case related to the murder of five members of a family during the anti-Sikh riots in the Raj Nagar area. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Archive) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A survivor of the 1984 Sikh massacre looks at portraits of those killed in the violence, at Trilokpuri. The Delhi High Court on December 17, 2018 sentenced Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment, overturning his exoneration by a lower court in 2013, which was challenged by the CBI. The case related to the murder of five members of a family during the anti-Sikh riots in the Raj Nagar area. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Archive)

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