32nd Op Bluestar anniversary observed amidst tight security
AMRITSAR (92 News) – Pro-Khalistan slogans were raised by members of Sikh group on the premises of Golden Temple here today as the 32nd anniversary of Operation Bluestar was observed amidst tight security.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar appealed to all sections to exercise restraint and observe the anniversary peacefully. The appeal came due to apprehension of clashes between Sikh hardliners and moderates.
Paramilitary forces and Punjab Police personnel were keeping a close watch in different parts of Amritsar city, especially around the Golden Temple complex. Over 8,000 security personnel, including from paramilitary forces, have been deployed in Amritsar.
As part of a statewide police crackdown on Sikh leaders, police have already rounded up activists of SAD (Amritsar) and Damdami Taksal from several places to avoid any trouble in the wake of 32nd anniversary of Operation Bluestar. Several activists have also gone underground in the wake of the preventive arrests, official sources said.