Addressing a press conference at the party office in Amritsar on Sunday, Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said that the outfit would protest against the killings of hundreds of innocent pilgrims in the attack on the Golden Temple.

He urged the people to observe a peaceful shutdown to send a strong message to the government that the wounds of the 1984 attack were still simmering and that the Sikhs would never forget this.
    
He said that the bandh call was for business and educational institutions and transport facilities would function as usual.
    
Singh also said that the people would hold a rally on June 5, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the attack on the Golden Temple.

Operation Bluestar, which was carried at the behest of then prime minister Indira Gandhi to flush terrorists out of the famous Golden Temple, generated anger among a certain section of people of the Sikh community.

Operation Blue Star was an Indian military operation from 3 to 8 June in 1984, ordered by then prime minister Indira Gandhi, to establish control over the Harmandir Sahib Complex in Amritsar, also known as Golden Temple and eliminate Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers.

According to the government, Operation Blue Star was launched to eliminate Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his followers who had sought cover in the Amritsar Harmandir Sahib Complex.

The armed Sikhs within the Harmandir Sahib were led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. Former Major General Shabeg Singh Lt. General Kuldip Singh Brar had command of the action, operating under General Sundarji.

(JPN/Agencies)

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