Amritsar, June 6: Brandishing swords radical Sikh elements clashed with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in front of the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion during a ceremony to mark the 34th anniversary of Operation Blue Star inside the Golden Temple complex on Wednesday.
The incident took place just about 100 feet from the sanctum sanctorum ‘Harmandir Sahib’, the holiest of Sikh shrines located inside the Golden Temple complex here.
At least one person was injured as the SGPC task force members tried to prevent the radical elements from disturbing the ceremony..
The radical elements raised pro-Khalistan (a separate Sikh homeland) and anti-India slogans.
Police personnel, present inside the shrine complex in plainclothes, tried to control the situation from getting out of hand.
On Tuesday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has denied bail to Arvinder Singh, an alleged member of terror group Babbar Khalsa International, as defined under IPC section 122, that pro paganda and incitement to violence on social media is equivalent to collecting men for waging war against the Government of India,
Arvinder Singh, a resident of Pallian Khurd in Nawanshahr, who was arrested in May 2016.The FIR stated Arvinder had been in touch with Pakistan-based BKI activists while in Doha where he had gone for employment in 2011.
Ahead of the Operation Blue Star anniversary, the Punjab Police had arrested several suspects who were planning to cause a communal disturbance in the state.
Five Rapid Action Force companies and several companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed across the city to maintain law and order.
In the run-up to the anniversary, the Punjab Police have also busted a few modules which allegedly operated at the behest of foreign-based handlers to cause communal disturbances.
Sikh hardliners led by radical Sikh leader and president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann raised slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ soon after the Akal Takht (the highest temporal seat for Sikhs) Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh started his formal address.
Five companies of Rapid Action Force and one company of Indo-Tibetan Border Police have been deployed in Punjab Punjab Director General of Police (Law and Order) Hardeep Singh Dhillon informed .
The Army had carried out Operation Blue Star in June 1984 to smoke out hiding terrorists from the Golden Temple complex.
Meanwhile, radical outfit named Dal Khalsa on Tuesday staged ‘genocide remembrance parade’ in Amritsar to pay homage to the people killed in the attack.