After 33 Years, Court States Army Made No Announcements for Civilians to Evacuate Sri Darbar Sahib

In an first of it’s kind judgement, a neighborhood court scrutinized the job of armed force during Operation Bluestar in an ongoing judgement.The court watched, “There is no evidence that army made any announcements asking ordinary civilians to leave Golden Temple complex before launching the operation in 1984.”

The court had requested the Punjab government to repay 40 Sikhs who were captured from inside the Golden Temple complex by the military and Punjab Police ‘unlawfully’. The exploited people won the fight in court following 33 years.

The court has guided the Center and state government to grant remuneration of ₹4 lakh each to the 40 Sikhs who were kept in unlawful authority and later moved to Jodhpur, Rajasthan, for four to five years even after release request by a nearby court.

The judgment by locale judge Gurbir Singh brought up numerous different issues during the meeting. “There is no written record of any public announcement by the civil authorities requesting the people to come out the complex. No log of vehicle used for making such announcements is there,”reads the judgment. Although, the judgment endorses the operation stating, “The main aim of the armed forces was to target militants.” “The event underlines the human rights violations by troops during the operation,” observed the court.

The court expressed “The plaintiff is entitled to interest on the compensation amount at the rate of 6% per annum from the date of filling the suit till today. The plaintiff is further entitled to future interest at same rate from the date of decision till actual realization of the decretal amount.” In June 1984, around 365 people were captured from the Golden Temple complex. The captured were either SGPC representatives or individuals who had come to pay deference. Respecting the Court’s organization to repay 40 Sikhs the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has expressed that it is triumph of truth. Badungar declared to respect advocate Bhagwant Singh Sialka legitimate advice for the situation.

Ex-SGPC boss Kirpal Singh Badungar stated, “Army attack on Sri Darbar Sahib and Akal Takht Sahib was inhuman and detaining innocent Sikhs was unfair. It is sorry to say that victims of state atrocities had to struggle for so long to get justice.”

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