Sikh group commemorates death anniversary of Indira’s assassin

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Amritsar, Oct 31 (ANI): A Sikh group commemorated the death anniversary of Beant Singh, who assassinated former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, on Saturday. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) responsible for upkeep of Amristar’s Golden temple, the holiest Sikh shrine, organised the commemoration. Members of the Sikh community were seen singing hymns and paying obeisance at the temple. Called as the Iron Lady of India, Indira Gandhi served as the nation’s Prime Minister from 1966 to 1976 and again from 1980 to 1984 and was an integral part of the Congress party. Gandhi came under cloud for declaring state of Emergency after a court struck down her election in 1975 and also for the launch of ‘Operation Blue Star’ to crush secessionist movement in Punjab. Operation Blue Star was carried out in the Golden Temple of Amritsar. As a result of the operation, in which the army entered the holy Sikh temple, the shrine was damaged and many civilians were killed which enraged the Sikh community. Beant Singh and Satwant Singh were Gandhi’s bodyguards who shot her dead in retaliation for the attacks on the Sikhs.

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