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Op Bluestar still a sore point for SGPC

The SGPC, which manages the gurdwaras in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, has sought Rs 1,000 crore as damages from the Centre for the latter's alleged role in Operation Bluestar, a three-day military action to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984. Harkirat Singh and Jasdeep Singh Malhotra

punjab Updated: Jun 07, 2013, 00:47 IST
Harkirat Singh and Jasdeep Singh Malhotra
Harkirat Singh and Jasdeep Singh Malhotra
Hindustan Times

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages the gurdwaras in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, has sought Rs 1,000 crore as damages from the Centre for the latter's alleged role in Operation Bluestar, a three-day military action to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984.

The SGPC also wants the Centre to admit in court that the army action was a blunder.

The SGPC had filed the suit in 1985, after the assassination of then PM Indira Gandhi in October 1984, to claim damages for "killing devotees, hurting Sikh religious sentiments and destroying of historical articles and religious structures in the Harmandar Sahib complex". Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who was then SGPC president, was the architect of the move.

Sad leaders stay away from anniversary
The 29th anniversary of Operation Bluestar (genocide day), passed off peacefully on Thursday amid tight security in the Golden Temple complex.

Barring SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, no senior leader of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) attended the ceremony.

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh reiterated his call to the Sikh panth for unitedly undoing the 'injustice' meted out to the community by the central government.

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