On the 32nd anniversary of Operation Blue Star, security has been beefed up in the state. Three-tier security has been put in place in Amritsar. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar also appealed to all sections to exercise restraint and observe the anniversary peacefully.
Nearly six companies of paramilitary forces and 8,000 police personnel have been deployed. SGPC decided to allow media coverage in the Golden Temple premises, while requesting to maintain the sanctity of the Golden Temple.
Earlier, SGPC chief secretary Harcharan Singh had sought police help to keep the media away from the periphery of the Golden Temple on June 6.
On this day in 1984, over 1,000 lives were claimed during Operation Bluestar, the raid on Sikh’s holiest shrine Golden Temple to cow down extremists led by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale.