That Cruel June
- Hours before Operation Blue Star in June 1984, gun-toting youths ordered SAD leaders Harcharan Singh Longowal and Gurcharan Singh Tohra to announce formation of Khalistan to a ‘box’ linked, they said, to Gen Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan. It would be followed by an attack by Pakistan, they were told.
- Tohra persuaded the youth to leave after saying that in all fitness, the announcement should be made by Bhindranwale, who was leading the agitation for a separate state
- Eyewitnesses recall that abusive army jawans, enraged possibly at the killing of colleagues, lined up unarmed youth and shot them dead. Some jawans indulged in looting.
- Bhindranwale and his followers were going to the Akal Takht to pray on the morning of June 6 when he fell to shots fired from a tank, recalls associate Balwinder Singh Khojkipur
My “involvement” with Operation Blue Star began on the morning of May 30, 1984 when, during a routine visit to...