#AceWorldNews – INDIA (Amritsar) – June 06 – Clashes broke out between sword-wielding Sikhs on Friday at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, in northern India on the 30th anniversary of an army raid in which hundreds of people were killed.
Hundreds gathered at the shrine to pay their respects to those killed in the June 6, 1984, raid of the temple by Indian troops aimed at flushing out armed separatists demanding an independent Sikh homeland.
(BBC) – Reports said the fight at Sikhism’s holiest shrine was over who would speak first at the ceremony and that a scuffle broke out over a microphone.
Footage showed men running down temple steps lashing out with their swords.
Reports said at least three people had been taken to hospital with injuries.
The Indian government says 400 people and 87 soldiers were killed during the 1984 military raid to flush out Sikh separatists from the Golden Temple at Amritsar, codenamed Operation Blue Star.
But Sikh groups say the number of casualties was much higher and estimate it closer to 1,000.
On Friday, hundreds of Sikhs had gathered at the shrine to remember those killed in the June 6 raid 30 years ago, but the ceremony soon erupted into chaos.
Storming of the Golden Temple
- 1982: Armed Sikh militants, led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, take up residence in the Golden Temple complex
- 3-8 June 1984: The Indian army attacks the Golden Temple, killing Bhindranwale, his supporters and a number of civilians
- 31 October 1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who had given the go-ahead to Operation Blue Star, was assassinated by two Sikh bodyguards
- November 1984: More than 3,000 are killed in anti-Sikh riots across India
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