More than 12 people were injured when clashes broke out between the two Sikh groups Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The situation is now under control and no one was critically injured.
Members from the two groups attacked each other with swords inside the temple. Media persons were also assaulted and cameras broken. Shops in Amritsar were shut down following the clash.
ANI said that the clash began after SAD's Simranjit Singh Mann's attempt to give a speech. After the clash got over, Mann said, "Khalistan is the only solution, it is in the interest of all communities."
Both the groups later expressed sorrow over the incident and condemned it. The spokesperson of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Prem Singh Chandumajra, said, "There is a certain etiquette that needs to be maintained inside the Golden Temple." However, he added, "We are sorry for the incident and the SGPC committee will take action." SGPC is a splinter group of SAD.
The Sikh group members intended to make speeches on the 30th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, the military operation that took place in the Golden Temple from 3 to 8 June, 1984.
Operation Bluestar had been ordered by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the height of the Sikh militant struggle for a separate state (Khalistan) to flush out armed militants led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale from the Golden Temple.
Even today, Sikh groups are unhappy with the investigation into the anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi, which in turn, was caused by Operation Bluestar.
Some Sikh groups have demanded a United Nations investigation into Operation Bluestar and the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
Updated Date: Jun 06, 2014 14:11:58 IST