Clashes break out between Sikh groups inside Golden Temple on 31st anniversary of Operation Blue Star

| Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 19:56
First Published |

AMRITSAR: Three decades after Operation Blue Star, the holiest shrine of the Sikh community, Golden Temple in Amritsar once again witnessed violence and bloodshed on Saturday. Several people got injured after violent clashes broke out in the premises of Golden Temple between the members of SGPC and other Sikh radical groups. Reports inform of at least six people being injured in the clashes.

The chaos erupted after an event to mark the 31st anniversary of Operation Blue Star concluded peacefully and the Sikh youths repeatedly took rounds of the Akal Takht in spite of repeated requests by the SGPC task force against doing so.

Without paying any attention to the advice, the youths got into an argument that eventually led to a major fight between the two groups today afternoon.

According to the reports, the task force members then took the Sikh youths to a room near the Akal Takht to beat them before handing them over to the police.

Parampal Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police informed of approximately 12 persons entering into a fight with the SGPC taskforce and wanted to gain entry in the Akal Takht. They were beaten up by the SGPC task force.

Police officials reached the shrine immediately after the incident and took them into custody, reports said. Singh further added that an action will be taken following a written complaint from SGPC.

In the mean while, Amritsar Bandh call given by the Dal Khalsa to mark the anniversary of Operation Blue Star was successful with almost all the shops remaining closed during the day. 

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