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Operation Bluestar: What happened 37 years ago

Operation Bluestar was aimed at neutralising militant Sikh preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale and his band of armed supporters ensconced in the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar.
A view of the Sikh Reference Library at Golden Temple, where Operation Bluestar was carried out in 1984..(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
A view of the Sikh Reference Library at Golden Temple, where Operation Bluestar was carried out in 1984..(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 06, 2021 05:40 AM IST
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Operation Bluestar's 37th anniversary today, tight security in Amritsar

Operation Bluestar was a military action ordered by then PM Indira Gandhi to flush out Sikh militants holed up in Harmandir Sahib Complex (Golden Temple) in Amritsar. The operation that was carried out between June 1 and June 8.
Police personnel patrol the streets of Amritsar, on the eve of 37th anniversary of Operation Bluestar in Amritsar on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Police personnel patrol the streets of Amritsar, on the eve of 37th anniversary of Operation Bluestar in Amritsar on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Published on Jun 06, 2021 05:23 AM IST
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Shiv Sena (Hind) president, workers booked for lockdown violations

Rahul Dua and others gathered at their office in the Moti Nagar area to organise a hawan to pay ‘tributes to martyrs of Operation Bluestar’
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Updated on Jun 06, 2020 10:06 PM IST
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UK role in Op Bluestar: Labour MP reiterates call for public inquiry

Raising the issue in the House of Commons on Thursday, Dhesi, who is the first turban-wearing Sikh MP in the British parliament, asked leader of the house, Jacob Rees-Mogg, to include a debate on the issue in the house business.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, the first turbaned Sikh MP in the UK, paying obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday, July 25.(Sameer Sehgal/ HT file photo)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, the first turbaned Sikh MP in the UK, paying obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday, July 25.(Sameer Sehgal/ HT file photo)
Published on Jun 05, 2020 02:59 PM IST
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Will apologise for Jallianwala Bagh massacre if voted to power: Labour Party’s manifesto

Labour party’s manifesto promises that besides the apology, the party’s government would hold a ‘public review’ into “Britain’s role in the Amritsar massacre”, referring to Operation Bluestar in Amritsar.
Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn holds his party's general election manifesto at its launch in Birmingham, Britain November 21, 2019.(Photo: Reuters)
Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn holds his party's general election manifesto at its launch in Birmingham, Britain November 21, 2019.(Photo: Reuters)
Updated on Nov 21, 2019 07:34 PM IST
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Acquit Sikhs who deserted army after Op Bluestar: Sukhbir to PM

Sukhbir said that after the military operation, 309 Sikh soldiers left their barrack in a state of shock and later they were court-martialled for deserting the army and punished.
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Published on Nov 01, 2019 11:39 PM IST
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Former Sikh militant is now foster mother to abandoned girls in Amritsar

Sandeep Kaur is providing shelter and education to around 250 girls, aged between two and 15 years.
Sandeep Kaur, surrounded by her wards, in Amritsar.(HT Photo)
Sandeep Kaur, surrounded by her wards, in Amritsar.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 03, 2019 02:07 PM IST
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India to convey displeasure to Canada for ‘last minute’ flag hoisting denial

The flag hoisting was mentioned in the agenda of the event, but an organiser said “at the last minute”, they were informed by the office of Mayor Rob Burton that permission had been denied.
This incident left the diplomat upset and he told organisers he would raise it with the Canadian Government.(Reuters File Photo / Representative image)
This incident left the diplomat upset and he told organisers he would raise it with the Canadian Government.(Reuters File Photo / Representative image)
Published on Jun 09, 2019 11:01 AM IST
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SAD delegation meets home minister Amit Shah

Sukhbir Sing Badal-led delegation wanted pensions for soldiers who left the forces during Operation Bluestar as a mark of protest.
Sukhbir Singh Badal interacting with media after calling upon Home Minister Amit Shah on June 6, 2019 in New Delhi .
Sukhbir Singh Badal interacting with media after calling upon Home Minister Amit Shah on June 6, 2019 in New Delhi .
Updated on Jun 07, 2019 12:55 AM IST
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Amritsar turns into fortress ahead of Bluestar anniversary

On the anniversary of Operation Bluestar In 2014, a clash between radical Sikh activists and the task force of the SGPC had taken place in which several people were injured in the Golden Temple complex.
Punjab police Swat team stand guard on the eve of the 35th Operation Blue Star Anniversary outside Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Punjab police Swat team stand guard on the eve of the 35th Operation Blue Star Anniversary outside Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2019 07:49 AM IST
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KLF handler ‘ Happy PhD’ plotting Rajasansi-like attack on Operation Bluestar anniversary: Cops

Harmeet ‘PhD’ is also a suspect in the grenade attack on a prayer congregation at the Nirankari Bhawan in Rajasansi that left three persons dead and several injured.
Police officials showing the recovered hand grenades and mobile phone at a press conference in Amritsar on Monday, June 3, 2019.(HT Photo)
Police officials showing the recovered hand grenades and mobile phone at a press conference in Amritsar on Monday, June 3, 2019.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 08:15 AM IST
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Campaign on for ‘Sikh genocide remembrance day’ in Canada

Pro-Khalistani figures like Sukhminder Singh Hansra are also involved in the campaign, as he is the coordinator of the umbrella body, United Front of Sikhs, which is backing it.
Relations between India and the Trudeau Government first began to suffer when a private member’s bill to recognise the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India as genocide was passed by the legislature in Ontario in the summer of 2017.((Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times))
Relations between India and the Trudeau Government first began to suffer when a private member’s bill to recognise the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India as genocide was passed by the legislature in Ontario in the summer of 2017.((Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times))
Published on Jun 02, 2019 03:19 PM IST
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Lok Sabha election: In this one-time militancy hotbed, PDA candidate Khalra raking up ’84, extra-judicial killings

She starts her speeches with the post-Partition events such as “declaring of Sikhs as a criminal community” besides claims of “depriving them of a territory where they could feel free” and then coming to Punjab’s over-a-decade-old troubled phase starting in the eighties.
Punjab Democratic Alliance candidate from Khadoor Sahib constituency Paramjit Kaur Khalra during election campaign at Sakhira village in Tarn Taran district on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Punjab Democratic Alliance candidate from Khadoor Sahib constituency Paramjit Kaur Khalra during election campaign at Sakhira village in Tarn Taran district on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2019 02:23 PM IST
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Lok Sabha election: Development, not sacrilege to be poll issue, says Sukhbir Badal

Sukhbir said the Congress did the biggest sacrilege by attacking the Golden Temple (Operation Bluestar), 1984 anti-Sikh riots and false oath taken by chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh before assembly polls by swearing to “gutka sahib”.
Sukhbir Singh Badal(HT File)
Sukhbir Singh Badal(HT File)
Updated on Apr 07, 2019 10:32 PM IST
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Suspended AAP MP Harinder Singh Khalsa in saffron fold

Khalsa won the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on AAP ticket but was suspended from the party along with Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi in 2015 for alleged anti-party activities.
Suspended AAP MP Harinder Singh Khalsa joined the BJP on Thrusday, March 28, 2019.(HT File)
Suspended AAP MP Harinder Singh Khalsa joined the BJP on Thrusday, March 28, 2019.(HT File)
Updated on Mar 29, 2019 12:32 PM IST
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Restore historic materials removed from Golden Temple in 1984: Capt Amarinder to Rajnath Singh

The CM said most of the historic original valuable materials of Sikhism were taken away by the security forces in June 1984, and no account of that had been given so far.
Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File)
Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File)
Updated on Mar 06, 2019 09:56 PM IST
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PM Modi showed boldness, but there are hurdles on talks with overseas Sikhs: Jasdev Singh Rai

Jasdev Singh Rai, a doctor and former president of the International Sikh Youth Federation, who has since been involved in talks with Indian functionaries, had described the 2015 meeting with PM Narendra Modi as a ‘turning point’ in the relationship between overseas Sikhs and the Indian state since Operation Bluestar.
Jasdev Singh Rai , a doctor and former president of the International Sikh Youth Federation, had described the 2015 meeting with PM Narendra Modi as a ‘turning point’ in the relationship between overseas Sikhs and the Indian state since Operation Bluestar.(Siddharaj Solanki / HT File Photo)
Jasdev Singh Rai , a doctor and former president of the International Sikh Youth Federation, had described the 2015 meeting with PM Narendra Modi as a ‘turning point’ in the relationship between overseas Sikhs and the Indian state since Operation Bluestar.(Siddharaj Solanki / HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 19, 2019 02:19 PM IST
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Capt Amarinder announces compensation also for Jodhpur detainees who didn’t go to court

In all, 365 persons were arrested and detained at a Jodhpur jail after Operation Bluestar to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984.
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh handing over a cheque to one of the detainees lodged in the Jodhpur jail after Operation Bluestar in Chandigarh on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh handing over a cheque to one of the detainees lodged in the Jodhpur jail after Operation Bluestar in Chandigarh on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 07:45 PM IST
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SGPC to form help cell for Operation Bluestar Jodhpur detainees

The special cell will also extend legal aid to the detainees if need arises
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal (R) and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh (L) launching the ‘kar sewa’ at the Golden Temple Langar hall in Amritsar on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal (R) and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh (L) launching the ‘kar sewa’ at the Golden Temple Langar hall in Amritsar on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Jun 25, 2018 09:44 AM IST
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Operation Bluestar Jodhpur detainees: CM Amarinder says will persuade Centre to withdraw plea against relief

The CM informed the delegation that the state government was pursuing the case with the Union government, adding that he had already written to the Union home minister Rajnath Singh in this regard
A delegation fo the Jodhpur detainees handing over a amemorandum to Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh at his residence in Chandigarh on Saturday.(HT Photo)
A delegation fo the Jodhpur detainees handing over a amemorandum to Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh at his residence in Chandigarh on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2018 12:27 PM IST
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Operation Bluestar Jodhpur ‘detainees’: 34 yrs on, 4.5 cr compensation for 40 Sikhs, Punjab agrees to pay half but Centre files challenge

Centre’s stance queers pitch for Akalis; Sukhbir writes to Rajnath, to lead delegation to meet him on June 21
Devotees look at the damage inflicted on the Golden Temple in Amritsar after the Operation Bluestar in 1984.(HT File)
Devotees look at the damage inflicted on the Golden Temple in Amritsar after the Operation Bluestar in 1984.(HT File)
Updated on Jun 19, 2018 11:38 AM IST
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Revoke plea against relief to 40 kept in jail after Op Bluestar: SGPC to Centre

Forty Sikh men, who were arrested from Golden Temple complex during Operation Bluestar in 1984, were kept in Jodhpur (Rajasthan) jail till 1989.
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Updated on Jun 17, 2018 12:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByHT Correspondent, Amritsar

Demand for probe into UK’s ‘role’ in Operation Bluestar grows

The issue assumed significance after some papers declassified in January 2014 revealed that the Margaret Thatcher government had extended advice from a special forces officer to the Indira Gandhi government before the operation was launched in June 1984.
On June 6, 1984, over 1,000 lives were claimed during Operation Bluestar, the raid on Sikh’s holiest shrine Golden Temple to cow down extremists led by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale.(HT File)
On June 6, 1984, over 1,000 lives were claimed during Operation Bluestar, the raid on Sikh’s holiest shrine Golden Temple to cow down extremists led by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale.(HT File)
Updated on Jun 15, 2018 11:55 AM IST
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Centre moves HC against compensation to 40 arrested during Op Bluestar

Seeking stay on the lower court’s ruling, the Centre has requested the HC to give it an opportunity to present its side.
The state government had decided not to move the Punjab and Haryana high court, but the Centre has filed a writ.(HT FIle)
The state government had decided not to move the Punjab and Haryana high court, but the Centre has filed a writ.(HT FIle)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 10:11 AM IST
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Make Operation Bluestar files public: UK judge to British govt

UK judge rejects UK government’s argument that declassifying the Downing Street papers would hurt diplomatic ties with India
Sikh Students Fedration Mehta activist stage a protest on the Operation Bluestar anniversary at Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 06.(Sameer Sehgal/HT File Photo)
Sikh Students Fedration Mehta activist stage a protest on the Operation Bluestar anniversary at Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 06.(Sameer Sehgal/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2018 11:50 PM IST
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Operation Bluestar: Seven people who changed the course of Indian history in 1984

Bluestar, the three-day long operation, led to over 700 casualties, including 90-odd armymen, and caused extensive damage to the Akal Takht, the temporal seat of the Sikh faith.
(Left to right) Maj Gen Kuldip Singh Brar, Gen Krishnaswamy Sundarji and Gen A S Vaidya at the Golden Temple after Operation Bluestar.(India Today Group/Getty images)
(Left to right) Maj Gen Kuldip Singh Brar, Gen Krishnaswamy Sundarji and Gen A S Vaidya at the Golden Temple after Operation Bluestar.(India Today Group/Getty images)
Updated on Jun 06, 2018 05:57 PM IST
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History book row: After Op Bluestar, it’s another attack by Congress on Sikhs, says SGPC

The SGPC committee members passed a resolution stating that if the government does not toe their line within 10 days, they will call a large gathering of all panthic organisations in the Golden Temple complex on May 19.
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal (Centre), Shiromani Akali Dal Women president Bibi Jagir Kaur (Right) and other SGPC members addressing a press conference at Teja Singh Samundri hall in Amritsar on Monday.(HT Photo)
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal (Centre), Shiromani Akali Dal Women president Bibi Jagir Kaur (Right) and other SGPC members addressing a press conference at Teja Singh Samundri hall in Amritsar on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2018 10:21 PM IST
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Bhindranwale never demanded Khalistan: Subramanian Swamy

Terming Operation Bluestar as a blunder, Swamy said the USSR was the force behind it.
Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy addressing a seminar organised by Vishav Samvad Samiti at Madhav Vidya Niketan School in Amritsar on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy addressing a seminar organised by Vishav Samvad Samiti at Madhav Vidya Niketan School in Amritsar on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Apr 29, 2018 10:45 PM IST
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Overseas Sikh bodies want talks with Modi government outside India

The Narendra Modi’s government’s efforts to address grievances of overseas Sikhs moved a step further after Canada-based representatives of the community backed the dialogue but said they want talks to be held outside India.
British Sikhs during a march in central London to observe 31st anniversary of Operation Bluestar.(Reuters file photo)
British Sikhs during a march in central London to observe 31st anniversary of Operation Bluestar.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2019 04:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPrasun Sonwalkar and Anirudh Bhattacharyya, London/toronto
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