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June 1 - 6

Operation Blue Star was the codename for the attack on the Akal Takhat and the Golden Temple complex during the period June 1 to 6, 1984. This tragic event took place over 25 years ago and Sikhs all over the world will remember this episode with great sadness.

The Indian army invaded the Harmandir sahib complex on the orders of the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. At the time of the operation, close to 100,000 army troops had been deployed throughout Punjab.

A group of Sikhs, led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (the charismatic leader of the Damdami Taksal) had, after being expelled from one of the Niwas (guest houses) moved into the Akal Takhat.


June 19

General Vadiya visited Sri Darbar Sahib after Operation Bluestar.

Mr. Buta Singh announced the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi's acceptance of conditions for a settlement. These conditions were given in writing by the Singh Sahibans on June 17, 1984. As Indira Gandhi was to visit Darbar Sahib on June 20, Buta Singh made the announcement in a hurriedly called press conference at the residence of Bua Singh, SSP, Amritsar. The Army Generals and Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar were also present. However, immediately after the announcement and return of Buta Singh to Delhi, Indira Gandhi did a about-face and admonished him for making the announcement.

15th June

Akali Dal Youth Wing President, Prof. Prem Singh ChandMajra, was arrested under the National Security Act.

Buya Singh replaces Chaudhary Subae Singh as SSP of Amritsar. Under Buya Singh, Sikhs suffered terrible autrocities. So much so that to protect his life he was transfered to Moscow.

Ram Jaeth Malani, an eminent lawyer, resigned his position in the Janta Party to challenge, in India's Supreme Court, the arrest of Sikh leaders.

Prof. Prem Singh Chand Marja, President of Akali Dal Youth Wing, was arrested by the Patiala Police under the National Security act.