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Op Bluestar anniversary: Rajoana asks Sikh leaders to maintain peace

punjab Updated: Jun 05, 2017 18:38 IST
Press Trust of India
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Balwant Singh Rajoana(HT File Photo)

Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted for the 1995 assassination of then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, has urged all political parties and religious organisations to maintain peace and harmony on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of Operation Bluestar on Tuesday.

Operation Bluestar was a military operation carried out in 1984 to flush out heavily-armed terrorists holed up in the Golden Temple in Amritsar. They were demanding a separate homeland, Khalistan, for Sikhs.

In a letter written from Patiala’s central jail, Rajoana appealed all the Sikh religious and political organisations to shun their differences and pay homage to the ‘martyrs’ of the operation.

Rajoana’s two-page handwritten letter was released by his sister Kamaldeep Kaur to media in Patiala on Tuesday.

The murder convict asked all factions to maintain dignity of the Akal Takht (highest temporal seat of Sikhs). “We should pay homage to all martyrs by reciting ‘Gurbani’ only and not raise any slogans,” he wrote.

Rajoana, a Babbar Khalsa International terrorist, is the prime convict in the assassination of then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh on August 31, 1995.

In a related development, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar appealed all the Sikh organisations to unite, on Monday.

Badungar held a meeting with SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann at Fatehgarh Sahib on Sunday. The latter told Badungar that his supporters would offer prayers during a religious programme.

Badungar also met Dal Khalsa leader Kanwar Pal Singh and discussed ways to make the event peaceful in accordance with Sikh ‘maryada’. Kanwar Pal assured him that members of all groups associated with his party would fully cooperate with the SGPC.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 16:04 IST