Amid tight security and Covid-19 pandemic, Operation Bluestar anniversary observed at Golden Temple - ECAS Punjab

Amid tight security and Covid-19 pandemic, Operation Bluestar anniversary observed at Golden Temple

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 6

The 36th anniversary of Operation Bluestar is being observed in a peaceful manner at the Golden Temple complex on Saturday.

Activists of certain Sikh organisations arrived at the complex at 7.30 am in big numbers, ignoring social distancing norms. They were initially stopped by the police but following a heated argument, they managed to enter the shrine.

Akali Dal leader Emaan Singh Mann was among those seen arguing with the cops that "they were being denied their fundamental religious right to pay obeisance at the shrine". They alleged that the police had already detained their members in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur and Kapurthala to discourage them from visiting the shrine.

Inside the complex, prayers were being performed amid scant 'sangat'. For the first time, metal detectors were placed at the entrances of the shrine.

Health Department teams were also deployed to screen the devotees in view of Covid-19 pandemic. Around 5,000 police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order in Amritsar.

In view of the social distancing norm, the Akal Takht, SGPC and Damdami Taksal have already declared to commemorate the anniversaries of Guru Hargobind Singh, that also coincides with the anniversary on Saturday, and Operation Bluestar in a low-key manner. The devotees were appealed to stay put in their homes, recite Gurbani and perform ardas to observe the occasions.

The 'akhand path' dedicated to both the occasions were being held at the Akal Takht. Akal Takht's officiating Jathedar Giani Hapreet Singh will deliver the customary 'public address' later in the day.

The controversial Sarbat Khalsa appointed 'parallel' officiating Jathedar of Akal Takht, Dhyan Singh Mand with his supporters also reached the complex. They too gained entry after heated exchange with police. Mand too is expected to deliver his 'public address'.

from The Tribune

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