Friday, 27th February 2015

12 injured in violent clashes in northern India

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At least 12 people were injured in violent clashes between two groups of Sikhs at the Golden Temple, the minority community's holiest shrine, in the northern Indian state of Punjab's Amritsar town on the 30th anniversary of Operation Bluestar Friday, a police officer said.

The Operation Bluestar was an Indian military operation in 1984, ordered by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in order to establish control over the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, which was taken over by armed Sikh separatists. Gandhi was later that year assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards.

"The clashes this morning followed an altercation that happened between the two groups during a ceremony organized to mark the anniversary of Operation Bluestar. While the leader of one group wanted to make an address, the other group objected to it, leading to the violence," the officer said. All the 12 injured have been admitted to a local hospital, he said, on condition of anonymity.

"The situation is under control now. A huge contingent of security forces has been deployed in the area," the officer added. New Delhi, June 6 (Xinhua)



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