Amritsar: The Dal Khalsa, a radical Sikh outfit, on Wednesday released a directory containing profiles of 220 Sikhs killed during Operation Blue Star. READ MORE:Amarinder opposes Bluestar memorial
The release coincided with commencement of Kar Sewa by the Damdami Taksal, a hardline Sikh organisation, to raise a memorial for those killed during the Operation.
The Operation Blue Star was carried out by the Army to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in June 1984. The third edition of the directory carried messages of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani and Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa.
A Dal Khalsa spokesman said the directory contained profiles of 220 Sikhs killed during the Operation. It was released in the presence of their family members on the eve of the 28th anniversary of the Operation. Several Sikh hardliners were also present.
Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh said setting up of a memorial for those killed during the Operation was not going to help the state in anyway. Punjab could not afford such things as the past three decades had only seen its economic decline, he told reporters here.
He said setting up of such memorials did not send right signals. "We must look forward". Amarinder also condemned what he said attempts to glorify militant Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted of murdering former Chief Minister Beant Singh. "He (Rajoana) is a murderer who had murdered our Chief Minister," the Congress leader said.
Amarinder said he had opposed the death penalty for Rajoana as he was against capital punishment.
Amritsar: The Dal Khalsa, a radical Sikh outfit, on Wednesday released a directory containing profiles of 220 Sikhs killed during Operation Blue Star.
READ MORE:Amarinder opposes Bluestar memorial