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iamsarps Day 10 of the 1984 Sikh Genocide. The Indian Government took control of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) and kept it under their control until Sikhs protested and got it back. #day10 #10daysofterror #neverforget1984 #khalistan #zindabad 4mon

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sikhskillz June 10th 1984... Last Sikh fighters are murdered today, the entire Golden Temple Complex is under complete occupation and army control and is only returned Sikhs following protests on October 1st 1984. On the 10th June 1984 after 10 days of terror, the guns finally fell silent. The last Sikh fighters who had been holding out from the 1st June, were killed. Giani Puran Singh’s account gives an accurate description of this incident: 4mon
  •   sikhskillz “There were 4 Singhs in the basement of the Bunga Jassa Singh Ramgarhia who were giving a tough fight to the forces. They had also pulled down 3 personnel of the army who had ventured too close. The authorities wanted these people to surrender but they wanted a mutually responsible person to mediate. I was then asked to mediate but first of all I asked the army officers of a guarantee that none would be shot only arrested and later law would take its own course. They were not ready for this and wished me to talk to the Brigadier who too was noncommittal. They then asked me to inquire if the three army personnel were alive. The reply received was that no live personnel were there in the basement. At this the Brigadier asked me to leave and that they would themselves deal with them. These men in the basement fought the whole day, the whole night and also the next day when Giani Zail Singh came to visit the ruins of Akaal Takht. Some thought that they had also aimed for Giani but it was not so. These people did not know that Giani was coming. If they knew before hand, they would have definitely put a bullet through the ‘tyrant’ but they were totally cut out from the outside world. A colonel of the commandos attempted to flush out these men in the basement with a gun and light arrangement but as soon as he entered the basement, a burst of LMG wounded him and it was later learnt that he had succumbed to the injuries in the hospital. Two cannons were reemployed to fire at the Bunga, gaping holes were formed on the Parikrama end but the men within were safe. I saw from the roof of Harmandir Sahib that two grenadiers had been put on the grenade shooter and a continuous barrage of grenades was being used but they still survived. Burnt red chilly bags, chilly powder and smoke granades were thrown in; one of them came out to be greeted with a hail of bullets while the others finally were silenced on the 10th.” 4mon
  •   sikhskillz Government Propaganda Following the battle, the government was embarrassed, General K.S Brar on the 2ndJune 1984 had stated that “we shall see to it that they are on their knees in just two hours”; The Sikh Unrest and The Indian State, R.N. Kumar. Yet it took 10 days for the army to completely defeat the Sikh fighters. Other than pride, this was damaging for the Indian Government as the operation was supposed to happen under the cover of darkness, or rather a complete media blackout. This would have ensured that no one would have known what happened between the inner walls of the complex. 4mon
  •   sikhskillz However, as the fighting lasted over a week, word began to spread, rumours spread throughout villages in Punjab and army bases across India, which resulted in a huge outpouring of grief and anger from Sikhs across the world. Soon after the massacre the government disinformation campaign went into overdrive to create legitimacy for the action. The goal of this disinformation Campaign, according to Subramaniam Swami (Indian politician, academician and an economist) was to ‘make out that the Golden Temple was the haven of criminals, a store of armoury and a citadel of the nation’s dismemberment conspiracy; Creating a Martyr – Imprint (1984), Subramaniam Swami, p 7. One of these myths that was propagated by the State media, was that the fighters were highly trained and possessed sophisticated weaponry, courtesy of Pakistan. In regards to this the Daily Telegraph, London (June 15, 1984) wrote, “The Government is now energetically insisting that the Sikh insurrection in the Panjab was a deep-seated conspiracy of a certain foreign power or when pressed, claims that some of the terrorists were trained in Pakistan. This is the first time that such a claim has been made, and it smacks of Mrs Gandhi’s playing the familiar old Pakistan card for all it is worth. After all, there is an election looming on the horizon and a touch of war fever may not do any harm. But in the long run this sort of propaganda will not solve the Panjab’s underlying problems.” 4mon
  •   sikhskillz Telegraph London (June 15, 1984) published the following report from David Graves: “The Akal Takhat looks like it has been bombed. It looks like a building in Berlin after the War. Every building in the complex had been riddled with bullets and there was still a stench of death in the air.” Meanwhile The Times of India (June 10, 1984) headlined on the front page a Press Trust of India report saying, “Terrorists made a desperate attempt to blow up the Akal Takhat, killed a number of men, women and children, and unsuccessfully tried to escape with huge amounts of cash, jewellery and other valuables after their leaders were killed in the action on June 5. The Akal Takhat was not damaged in the Army action.” The Government of India also censored and persecuted any journalist or human rights organisation who tried to report the truth, and thus when Citizens for Democracy published a report detailing the “Oppression in Punjab” in 1985, it was banned and confiscated the next day, the authors were arrested and charged with “sedition” (incitement of rebellion against a government; http://www.pucl.org/admin/know_pucl.pdf 4mon
  •   sikhskillz Brahma Challeney of the Associated Press (AP) of USA was the only foreign correspondent who managed to stay in Amritsar during the attack, and was one of the first to publish reports that Sikh pilgrims were executed after the attack. For his troubles he was arrested and also charged with sedition. Slowly with research and initiatives like #10DaysofTerror we can challenge the unfounded allegations and falsehoods circulated in 1984. We thank everyone who supported the campaign, and urge everyone to learn more about a very significant and recent part of Sikh Political History. One small step is to read this brief fact sheet which provides a general overview. #neverforget84 #genocide #1984 #sikh #OperationBlueStar #ParnaamShaheedanNu #10DaysofTerror #Saka84 4mon

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Amaro garinderbirha
garinderbirha June 10th 1984- last sikh fighters were killed by the government/army forces, surely Operation Bluestar was finished? Government/army kept Harmandir Sahib under control and locked off until 1st October 1984 #neverforget84 #10daysofterror #khalistan 4mon

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Hudson iamsarps
iamsarps Day 9 of the 1984 Sikh Genocide. The Indian Government ordered the shooting of unarmed protesters. Parnaam Shaheedan Nu. #day9 #10daysofterror #neverforget1984 #khalistan #zindabad 4mon

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turbanoutfitter Despite efforts to silence us, Sikhs across the world took the streets this week to send a message that we will not be silent. We will continue to strive for justice. #10daysofterror #neverforget84 #sikhgenocide #operationbluestar 4mon

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sikhskillz June 9th 1984... Government orders of unarmed protesters in New Delhi, in Srinagar (Kashmir), and Panjab (NY Times)... Jodhpur Detainees After the Sikh resistance had been overcome, only a few snipers remained. Following the execution of pilgrims, immediately after the main battle, those that survived were rounded up, detained by the Army and charged as terrorists: “379 of the alleged ‘most dangerous terrorists’ were forced to sign a common confessional statement and thereafter served a common charge sheet that they were all Bhindranwale’s closest associates and comrades-in-arms engaged in ‘waging war against the State’. They were, therefore, detained under the NSA and are now being tried at Jodhpur under the Terrorist-Affected Areas (Special Courts) Act of 1984. As we were curious regarding the extent of danger these hardcore ‘terrorists’ posed to the State ‘with the intention to establish a State independent from the Government of India to be known as Khalistan”, we visited the homes of some of the Jodhpur detainees and met their families or relatives. The evidence collected established beyond doubt that none of the Jodhpur detainees we succeeded in profiling are ‘terrorists’ but rather all of them are completely innocent, ordinary persons, whose only crime was that they had all gone to or were coming from the Golden Temple as devotees or pilgrims visiting the Golden Temple for the Guru Purab on June 3, 1984 or farmers gone to the Temple to deliver village donations of grain to the S.G.P.C. or students gone to pay obeisance at their holiest religious shrine, the Harmandir Sahib.” Source; Citizens for Democracy; Report to the Nation: Oppression in Punjab (Bombay, 1985). These detainees were detained for up to 5 years, before in the face of worldwide condemnation and protest they were finally released. #Neverforget84 #SikhGenocide #Sikh #10DaysOfTerror #Saka84 4mon

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  •   ajindersingh I was suppose to attend it but left bc early 4mon
  •   rkk23 @ajindersingh that sucks! Short visit eh lol quite a lot of sangat came out 4mon
  •   ajindersingh Yeah a really short visit ... That's good , the next flight was really late so we decided to leave 4mon
  •   rkk23 @ajindersingh Well hopefully you got to live that tourist life while you were out here haha Vancouver is pretty awesome :p a lot better than Toronto 4mon
  •   ajindersingh Nah was boring lol I didn't enjoy bc calgary was better and Toronto is best 4mon
  •   rkk23 @ajindersingh :o Calgary is hella dry and there's nothing to do there lol next time you come to bc make sure you go see places haha 4mon
  •   ajindersingh Lol calgary has nice scenery bc has activites so we did more site seeing 4mon
  •   rkk23 @ajindersingh Oh aacha :p lol that's cool 4mon

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Amaro garinderbirha
garinderbirha June 9th 1984- mission accomplished to destroy Harmandir Sahib and kill bhindawala, now the government were killing protestors who were unarmed in Delhi, srinagar and punjab #neverforget84 #10daysofterror #khalistan 4mon

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  •   ndhanoya How can somebody be so cruel to physically attack a innocent old man? 3mon

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sikhskillz June 8th 1984... 'Christian Science Monitor: On Saturday medical workers in Amritsar said soldiers had threatened to shoot them if they gave food or water to Sikh pilgrims wounded in the attack and lying in the hospital' Refusal to Provide Aid to Wounded Pilgrims: Many accounts of Operation Bluestar, including the SGPC’s White Paper on the Punjab Problem, relate that the Red Cross was refused permission to enter the Temple complex and the wounded were left to suffer for days. Many people died of dehydration as they were refused water. Bhan Singh told the members of the Citizens For Democracy team: “They [the Army] treated the inmates of the complex as enemies and whenever there was any person wounded on account of the firing, no Red Cross people were allowed to enter, rather the Red Cross personnel had been detained beyond Jallianwalla Bagh” more than a kilometre away from the main entrance to the Golden Temple from the Chowk Ghanta Ghar side. The CFD report, ‘Oppression in Punjab’ remarks: In accordance with the UN Charter of Human Rights, the Red Cross is permitted to go in aid of the wounded right inside the enemy territory, but in Amritsar in June, 1984, the Red Cross was not allowed to enter the Golden Temple – a respected and hallowed part of our country – in aid of Indians under attack from the Indian Army. It only means that the attack was so brutal and the battle scene so grisly, that there was much to hide from public scrutiny, even if it be that of a neutral agency called the Red Cross. This also explains perhaps why Press censorship had already been imposed, the last of the journalists were hounded away and the Press was not allowed to go inside the Golden Temple up to June 10, when they were taken on a guided tour of the complex for the first time since the Army operation began almost a week before. 4mon
  •   sikhskillz The Christian Science Monitor reported on the 8th June 1984: “On Saturday, medical workers in Amritsar said soldiers had threatened to shoot them if they gave food or water to Sikh pilgrims wounded in the attack and lying in the hospital” The Indian Government maintains that the attack on the Golden Temple (Sri Darbar Sahib) was launched in order to remove terrorists from the complex. In addition to the various facts covered in the previous write ups, including the lack of arrest warrant etc, which contradict this, is the fact that up to 75,000 Indian Army troops were deployed in Punjab. This figure is mind boggling, why would the Indian Army require tens of thousands of troops to arrest or kill 2-300 Sikhs? The following quote is from an Indian Army circular which was distributed in June 1984. It reveals the true targets of the military operation: “Some of our innocent countrymen were administered an oath in the name of religion to support extremists and actively participated in the act of terrorism. These people wear a miniature kirpan round their neck and are called “Amritdharis”. They have to be subdued to achieve the final aim of restoring peace in the country. Any knowledge of the “Amritdharis” who are dangerous people and pledged to commit murder, arson and acts of terrorism should be immediately brought to the notice of the authorities. These people may appear harmless from outside but they are basically committed to terrorism.” This excerpt from the official document exposes that in fact all practicing Sikhs were considered terrorists and were targeted by the government. The Golden Temple was not the only Gurdwara that was targeted: “The army and police have also taken over 38 temples and other Sikh religious buildings throughout Punjab”. The Guardian – Thursday 7th June 1984 “According to reports from Patiala Hospital, over 50 people were killed at Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran. Amritsar: Mrs. Gandhi’s Last Battle , Tully, Mark and Jacob, (New Delhi,1985). 4mon
  •   sikhskillz An article that was published in India Today (30/9/84) details the most vulnerable of the 18,000 “suspected terrorists” arrested in June 1984 and detained in maximum security prisons: “These were the other victims of Operation Bluestar, little children, some only two years old, who got rounded up. Since then, 39 children have been languishing in two Ludhiana jails. The youngest of these children, Jasbir Kaur, is only two years old, her sister Charanjit Kaur is four, and her brothers, Harinder and Balwinder, are six and twelve. There is four-year old Rinku whose father died during the army operation and whose mother has been missing since. Like the rest of the ‘infant terrorists’, Rinku had to go through gruelling interrogation. When asked where his mother was he replied, “I don’t know”. Asked where his father was, he said, “Killed with a gun”. Why his stomach was so big; “Because I eat clay”. Their ordeal began in early June when they were picked up around the Temple and packed into camps in Amritsar and Jalandhar. Two central agencies, the Central Bureau of lnvestigation (CBI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) began their questioning. There were long, intimidating sessions. The children cried and begged to be sent home. But it went on for days. Their little finger prints were taken and IB sleuths set about verifying their bonafides. One interrogating officer admitted that officials were not moved by the children’s cries. Sadly enough, in their interrogations, the CBI and IB have shown little regard to any civil liberties or laws protecting young children. “These are all fine ideas for newspapers and preachers.We had on our hands suspected terrorists and would be terrorists” confessed a CBI officer.Their fate depends upon the Supreme Court, which takes up the case this fortnight. Meanwhile 39 little beings continue to pray for freedom every day. 4mon
  •   sikhskillz According to two of the “terrorists” they mistreated while in prison; Mehrban Singh, aged twelve, said, ‘We were repeatedly asked if we were Bhindranwale’s men. They hit us at Ludhiana jail, and thrust fingers into our necks, wanting us to confess.” Shamsher Singh, aged eleven, confirmed the bizarre interrogation about Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, and that they were “regularly beaten in jail” 1. Tully, Mark and Jacob, Satish; Amritsar Mrs. Gandhi’s Last Battle (1985) #neverforget84 #genocide #1984 #sikh #OperationBlueStar #ParnaamShaheedanNu #10DaysofTerror 4mon

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