Friday, 3 June 2016

Amritsar on High Alert ahead of Blue Star’s Anniversary

With the Operation Blue Star's anniversary around the corner, on June 6, Amritsar is all geared up for the event. Along with strengthening security and alerting the city police, 10 companies of paramilitary forces have also been recruited, besides the Punjab Armed Police Forces and a team of commandos.
Bluestar was an Indian army operation, in 1984, against a group of rebels holed out in Sikhism's holiest place - the Golden Temple,Akal Takht complex. The rebels were led by the controversial, separatist leader - Bhindranwale  (then leader of the DamdamiTaksal), who could be traced back to the Khalistan Movement. The operation led to the death of 100s of Indian soldiers, terrorists and innocent pilgrims. It remains controversial, as it had lead to the complete blackout of media and many believe that the use of violence was excessive and alternative peace approaches were not properly explored.Such foolproof security arrangements are being made, keeping in mind the incident that occurred last year on the anniversary. 5 people got injured at Darbar Sahib, due to a clash between a group of anti-social youth organization and the employees of SGPC, who were restraining the trespassers from raising pro-khalistan slogans.
The city has also been put on high alert as the Sikh radical group 'Dal Khalsa' has demanded and given out a call for Amritsar Bandh on the day of the anniversary, to protest against the operation.Security preparations are in full swing since the past few days as the organization has also organized a Genocide Remembrance Parade to be held on 3rd June. This procession will rally around the entire city, from bazaars and markets to streets and localities.
A lot of chaos and terror has been stirred, with the announcement of opposition and protest by the Sikh Youth Federation Bhindranwala, against present Akal TakhtJathedarGianiGurbachan Singh, during his speech at the anniversary ceremony, from the Sikh temporal seat.Keeping a close eye on the city's situation, the key points such as Hall Gate, Lawrence Road, KitchlewChowk and in walled city, have been covered and positioned with high security officials and personnel, who will also assist the city police in night surveillance at public places like railway stations and bus stands.
Considering the controversial state of the city, the police commissioner has ordered a list of sensitive areas around the city, where Special Forces will be deployed and security cameras will be installed, especially around The Golden Temple.
Anybody who raises suspicion and indulges in anti-social acts, disturbing the peace and harmony of the city, will be handed over to the hands of the law, according to Police Commissioner, Amal Singh Chahal, who has been holding meetings with the SGPC, senior officials and SHOs of police stations to frame elaborate security plans, to keep the city and its people safe and unharmed.

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