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Don’t shout slogans on Operation Bluestar anniversary: Akal Takht to Sikh bodies

The anniversary is observed at the Akal Takht on June 6 every year

punjab Updated: Jun 01, 2018 21:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Sikh radical activists shouting pro-Khalistan slogans on the anniversary of Operation Bluestar at Akal Takht Sahib, Golden Temple, Amritsar, on June 6 in 2016. (HT Photo)

With the 34th anniversary of Operation Bluestar just days away, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Friday asked the Sikh bodies to observe the anniversary calmly and not to indulge in sloganeering in the Golden Temple complex.

The anniversary is observed on June 6 at the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs.

After by bhog ceremony of Akhand Path and gurbani kirtan there, the jathedar delivers his ‘sandesh’ (message to the community) from the Takht. However, violence has marred the function in last few years amid the sloganeering in support of ‘Khalisatan’ (separate Sikh nation). The jathedar had faced protests last year.

Terming the then Damdami Taksal chief Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his aides, who were killed during the army action launched in the shrine complex in first week of June in 1984, “martyrs”, Giani Gurbachan said all Sikhs should pay tributes peacefully to those killed and nobody should violate the maryada (code of ethics) and sanctity of the shrine.

He said the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has made proper arrangements for the anniversary and nobody would be allowed to spoil sanctity of the shrine. “In the presence of Guru Granth Sahib, any kind of sloganeering is considered as sacrilege of the guru,” he said.

He also urged the administration to maintain law and order so that nobody can vitiate the peaceful atmosphere.

First Published: Jun 01, 2018 21:08 IST