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Akal Takht declares Bhindranwale 'martyr'

June 06, 2003 23:16 IST

The Akal Takht, Sikh community's highest religious body, on Friday declared militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale a 'martyr'.

The decision coincided with the anniversary of Operation Blue Star. Bhindranwale was killed 19 years back on June 6, 1984.

Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti gave a 'robe of honour' to Bhindranwale's son Ishar Singh.

Vedanti also 'honoured' Manjit Singh, brother and leader of All India Sikh Students Federation, and Amrik Singh, a close associate of Bhindranwale, whoalso died during the operation.

But Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee chief and Badal loyalist Kirpal Singh Badungar was absent.

Vedanti 'honoured' more than 40 Sikh families, whose kin were killed during the operation. He also paid rich tributes to all the 'martyrs' of the operation.

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Sub: the best thing ever hapenned

this is one of the best thing that ever hapenned mnow a days. This is the dark part of sikh history but nonethless Jamail singh ...

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Whatever reason they put forward to base their view it is not proper at all. The time now is not for such a seperate action ...


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all this does not forbode well for maintainence of peace in Punjab. Both communities have suffered badly in terrorism initiated in the name of separate ...

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It seems quite absurd to declare a person martyr who waged war, hatred inside the country. We should be thinking of our country first rather ...

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19 Years on, Bluestar still remains a sore and an emotive issue. While what has happened was the most shameful incident it is time that ...

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