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Damdami Taksal protests against removing Bhindrawala’s name from records

New Delhi, May 7 (): Members belonging to Damdami Taksal, on Monday reached the Golden Temple protesting against the decision of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee’s proposal to remove the name of Jarnail Singh Bhindrawala, a Khalistani secessionist from the records of a Sikh Temple.

Sources said after Operation Blue Star in 1984, this is the first time the members carried weapons inside the Golden Temple complex. Damdami Taksal is one of the five Takhts of the Sikh Community. An air of panic ran around the place, which has witnessed evil days earlier during a conflict between the Khalistani movement and the government.

 Jarnail Singh Bhindrawala was the  former president of the DamdamiTaksal, who had allegedly activated a prolong and violent revolution in Punjab in early eighties before being gunned down in Operation Blue Star ordered by Indira Gandhi, who was the then Prime Minister.

Threatening the SGPC, Damdami Taksal chief Harnaam Singh Dhumma said that it does not want a confrontation and believe the matter to be solved amicably. He claimed saying that all options will be kept open until their demands are not met.  Sources said that Damdami Taksal is believed to be   supported by Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal who is not willing to crackdown on the extremist group fearing to lose Sikh voters.

Earlier deadlock regarding the Operation Blue star Memorial controversy between the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Damdami Taksal continued as a meeting held between both the sides remained uncertain. Taksal’s move to dedicate the memorial to Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was objected by the SGPC chief Makkar who claimed saying that the SGPC was in charge of the memorial’s management and it would  function  as per the ‘maryada’ of the Golden Temple. The SGPC chief also said that they would not tolerate any interference in the SGPC functioning by any of the groups.