Heavy security in Amritsar on eve of operation Bluster Anniversary

AMRITSAR: Heavy security arrangements are in place as the operation Bluestar anniversary. The security and intelligence agencies were on toes as the response to the Genocide March organized by the radical body Dal Khalsa was huge and the security was beefed up in the holy city as a Bhog ceremony has been organized at the Akal Takht.

The anniversary is falling in wake of the controversy relating the memorial built in the Golden Temple complex and the name of separatist leader jarnail Singh Bhindrawale inscribed on. The Damdami Taksal, a Sikh seminary once headed by Bhindrawale was entrusted upon the task to built the memorial which was not supposed to have name of the militants written over but the Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma defied the directions and had his name written over.

The agencies had been on the toes and would be present in the Golden Temple complex and outside throughout. Though the anniversary had been a peaceful affair in the past many years the controversy relating the memorial has opened the old wounds regarding the army operation in 1984 conducted to flush out the militants hiding inside the Golden Temple complex.

The incidents had many including militants, common devotees and many army men killed as the complex was heavily armed and fortified by the private armies of Bhindrawale. The headquarters of the Damdammi Taksal at Chowk Mehta had also been witnessing the security beefed up and the intelligence agencies had been keeping the close watch on the developments.

Dal Khalsa undertook the march in the city and in the presence of the police force they raised slogans regarding the operation and the 1984 anti Sikh riots. They said that the operation must be declared as genocide as the innocent Sikhs were killed through the army tanks attack and heavy enforcement of the armed forces inside the Golden temple.