In pictures: Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan’s Punjab visit

Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan paid obeisance at the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, amid tight security on Thursday. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) rolled out the red carpet for the visiting dignitary but kept radical Sikhs at bay. The radical Sikhs raised slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ and clashed with the SGPC task force when they were prevented from meeting Sajjan.

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Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan at his ancestral village Bombeli in Hoshiarpur district on Thursday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan at his ancestral village Bombeli in Hoshiarpur district on Thursday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

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Sajjan Singh with his parents at their house in Bombeli village on Thursday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Sajjan Singh with his parents at their house in Bombeli village on Thursday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

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College students of the village performing bhangra in front of the cavalcade of Canadian defence minister to welcome him in Bombeli village. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

College students of the village performing bhangra in front of the cavalcade of Canadian defence minister to welcome him in Bombeli village. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

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Sajjan greeting his relatives at his house in Bombeli village on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Sajjan greeting his relatives at his house in Bombeli village on Thursday. (HT Photo)

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Harjit Singh Sajjan in his ancestral village Bombeli on Thursday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Harjit Singh Sajjan in his ancestral village Bombeli on Thursday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

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Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

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Sajjan is the first Punjab-born Sikh to hold the top defence job in a foreign land. (Gurpreet Singh)

Sajjan is the first Punjab-born Sikh to hold the top defence job in a foreign land. (Gurpreet Singh)

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The Canadian defence minister has been in the eye of a storm after Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh called him a ‘Khalistani sympathiser’. (Gurpreet Singh)

The Canadian defence minister has been in the eye of a storm after Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh called him a ‘Khalistani sympathiser’. (Gurpreet Singh)

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Sajjan’s Amritsar visit had its fair share of controversy with members of SAD (Amritsar) raising the slogans against the SGPC during his Golden Temple visit. (Gurpreet Singh)

Sajjan’s Amritsar visit had its fair share of controversy with members of SAD (Amritsar) raising the slogans against the SGPC during his Golden Temple visit. (Gurpreet Singh)

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SAD (Amritsar) members raising slogans against the SGPC during Sajjan’s Golden Temple visit. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

SAD (Amritsar) members raising slogans against the SGPC during Sajjan’s Golden Temple visit. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

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Sajjan along with Inderjit Kaur, patron of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, interacting with students during the visit on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Sajjan along with Inderjit Kaur, patron of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, interacting with students during the visit on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

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A Canadian delegate dancing during the Pingalwara visit. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

A Canadian delegate dancing during the Pingalwara visit. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

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The Canadian defence minister interacting with physically and mentally-challenged Pingalwara residents in Amritsar on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

The Canadian defence minister interacting with physically and mentally-challenged Pingalwara residents in Amritsar on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

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Sajjan interacting with conjoined twins, Sona and Mona, during his visit to Pingalwara in Amritsar on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Sajjan interacting with conjoined twins, Sona and Mona, during his visit to Pingalwara in Amritsar on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

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Hoshiarpur,India April 20:youngsters of village college performing bhangra in front of cavalcade of Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan to welcome during his visit on his ancestral village Bombeli in distt Hoshiarpur of Punjab on Thursday, April 20, 2017.photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times

Hoshiarpur,India April 20:youngsters of village college performing bhangra in front of cavalcade of Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan to welcome during his visit on his ancestral village Bombeli in distt Hoshiarpur of Punjab on Thursday, April 20, 2017.photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times

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