Punjab has been recently in the national limelight because of Sidhu Mossewala’s death. People from the state of Punjab along with all other Indians have been very vocal about the incident. But yesterday marked the 38th year for Operation Blue Star that took place in the Golden Temple of Amritsar.
Incident of Operation Blue Star
It was basically a military operation that took place in the year 1984 from the 1st to the 10th of June. This operation was carried out by the Indian security forces. This incident claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and 87 soldiers had also lost their lives. Mrs. Indira Gandhi was the then Prime Minister of the country when the incident took place.
Blue star anniversary observed peacefully amid strong security
People had gathered peacefully amid the strong security in the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Akal Takht Jathedar took over to address the event. He spoke on various issues of concern in Punjab. Akal Takht Jathedar said, “We should focus on setting up shooting ranges to get training in weapons. The others are getting training in weapons illegally. It is also high time for the Sikh organizations to propagate Sikhism.”
Many devotees gathered in the morning to offer prayers for the operation blue star ceremony and to receive bhog from the Gurudwara. Akal Takht Jathedar and Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee officials also honored the families of those people who lost their lives in this military operation.
Security Arrangements in the Golden Temple
There was a very tight security arrangement in and around the areas of Amritsar Golden Temple. There were very big barricades kept by the police at every entry point of the Golden temple. Section 144 was imposed in the Golden Temple and people were prohibited to carry any kind of weapons including “kirpan” which is one of the religious symbols of Sikhism. During the event, many Khalistani flags were seen and some people were raising pro-khalistani slogans outside.