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Sikhs stage a demonstration against Operation Blue Star during a programme organised to pay tributes to those killed in the military operation at Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 6, 2018. Brandishing of swords and open use of sticks was witnessed on Wednesday during a ceremony to mark the 34th anniversary of the Army's 'Operation Blue Star' inside the Golden Temple complex. The clash between radical Sikh elements and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) took place right in front of the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion.
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The incident took place just about 100 feet from the sanctum sanctorum 'Harmandir Sahib', the holiest of Sikh shrines located inside the Golden Temple complex.
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Akal Takht jathedar (chief) Gurbachan Singh said the ceremony was held "peacefully" as a remembrance of the sacrifice of hundreds of people who were killed during the Army's 'Operation Blue Star' in June 1984.
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The Army carried out the operation to flush out heavily armed militants and radicals from inside the shrine complex between June 1-10, 1984.
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Sikhs stage a demonstration against Operation Blue Star during a programme organised to pay tributes to those killed in the military operation at Golden Temple in Amritsar.