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Op Bluestar anniversary: Amritsar witnesses complete shutdown after ‘bandh’ call by Dal Khalsa

punjab Updated: Jun 06, 2017 21:09 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times
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The market was completely shut down in Amritsar on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Amritsar witnessed a complete ‘bandh’ till 5pm on Tuesday after Sikh hardliners called for a shutdown to pay homage to those who died during Operation Bluestar in 1984.

The bandh threw life out of gear; barring medical services, the entire city wore a deserted look. Even street vendors did not set up their business.

Sikh radical outfit Dal Khalsa called for the strike which was also observed by residents on the 33rd anniversary of Operation Bluestar.

Police kept vigil on all the popular areas of the city, including Lawrence road, Ranjit Avenue , Mall road , Maqbool road and Queens road. The officials deployed on crossings and inside the market made sure that forcible shutdowns were not done. Police also kept a check on vehicles plying on the roads.

Security personnel checking a vehicle during the bandh call by Dal Khalsa on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Even near Golden Temple, the entire walled city and commercial hub of the hall gate were also closed completely. Though there was a lot of security deployment in the streets and bazaars, people still kept the establishments closed out of fear.

Even the prominent banks in the city (both private and public sector) were seen operating with their shutters down, leading to low public dealing. Malls were also closed till 4.00pm.

While petrol pumps gave a deserted look, public transport facility was also affected as they hardly got any passengers. People from rural and outskirt areas also did not come to their workplaces out of fear.

Dal Khalsa thanks people for bandh

Dal Khalsa thanked people for observing a complete bandh. Their spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh Bittu said, “The bandh call was given to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Operation Bluestar and we are thankful to residents of the city that they respected the sentiment and opted to shut almost every commercial establishment.”

He also said no forcible closure was done by their activists and people voluntarily closed their establishments.

He added, “The bandh call was meant as a protest against the killings of hundreds of innocent pilgrims; the alleged loot of invaluable holy books, manuscripts and artefacts from the Sikh Reference Library; and to recall and relive the pain and agony of the attack, besides paying tributes to all those killed by the security forces, inside the Golden Temple in June 1984.”

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 18:07 IST