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August 29, 1989
Twelve masked Sikh militants armed with automatic rifles stormed aboard a passenger train at a remote station in northern Punjab state and massacred at least 22 Hindu passengers, a police official said. Director General K.P.S. Gill of the Punjab police said at least 30 Hindus were wounded in the attack, 10 seriously. The English-language Tribune, published in Chandigarh, Punjab's capital, put the toll at 70 dead and 150 wounded.
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August 29, 1989
Twelve masked Sikh militants armed with automatic rifles stormed aboard a passenger train at a remote station in northern Punjab state and massacred at least 22 Hindu passengers, a police official said. Director General K.P.S. Gill of the Punjab police said at least 30 Hindus were wounded in the attack, 10 seriously. The English-language Tribune, published in Chandigarh, Punjab's capital, put the toll at 70 dead and 150 wounded.
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June 26, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Gunmen sprayed machine-gun fire and detonated two powerful bombs Sunday at an outdoor meeting of a militant Hindu organization in the northern state of Punjab, killing at least 26 people and injuring two dozen others in the worst violence this year in the strategic, strife-torn state. Calling the massacre "a most dastardly and cowardly attack by nefarious people," Punjabi Gov. S. S. Ray declared an indefinite curfew in the area and ordered police to capture the gunmen "dead or alive within seven days."
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June 26, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Gunmen sprayed machine-gun fire and detonated two powerful bombs Sunday at an outdoor meeting of a militant Hindu organization in the northern state of Punjab, killing at least 26 people and injuring two dozen others in the worst violence this year in the strategic, strife-torn state. Calling the massacre "a most dastardly and cowardly attack by nefarious people," Punjabi Gov. S. S. Ray declared an indefinite curfew in the area and ordered police to capture the gunmen "dead or alive within seven days."
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January 25, 1988 | From Reuters
The Press Trust of India said Sunday that Bhupinder Singh, alleged by police to be an area commander of the Sikhs' separatist Khalistan Commando Force, bit a cyanide capsule and died just after he was arrested in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar.
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November 21, 1988 | From Reuters
Security forces killed at least five Sikh extremists in a shoot-out near Amritsar on Sunday, police said. Police and paramilitary forces encountered the extremists from the Khalistan Commando Force, one of the groups waging a bloody campaign for a Sikh homeland in Punjab, as they started an early morning sweep through the countryside. On Saturday night, gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at a village tavern in the north of the state, killing at least six people and wounding about eight.
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August 27, 1987
Indian police in Punjab state killed a top member of the most active Sikh extremist group and said he was the chief suspect in three bus massacres that shocked India last month. Ranjit Singh Rana, a self-styled general of the Khalistan Commando Force separatist group, was shot with his brother, Inder Pal Singh, in a gun battle in western Punjab.
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August 10, 1986
Security forces raided a farmhouse outside Jullundur in the Indian state of Punjab and arrested three Sikh extremists, including India's top fugitive who is wanted for terrorism, police said. Authorities identified the fugitive as Manbir Singh Chaheru, 29, commander in chief of the Khalistan Commando Force, the largest of several terrorist groups fighting for an independent Sikh state in the Punjab. Authorities also arrested the owner of the farmhouse, former army Maj.
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April 30, 1986 | Associated Press
Police and federal security forces today raided the Golden Temple in search of Sikh radicals who proclaimed a separate nation. Police and intelligence sources said about 50 people were taken into custody. Reporters heard at least one shot immediately after the security forces entered the sprawling white marble temple complex, the Sikh religion's holiest shrine. An indefinite curfew was imposed around the temple and the public was ordered out. Home Minister P. V.
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April 4, 1990 | From Reuters
Sikh extremists set off a bomb near a Hindu religious procession in Punjab on Tuesday, killing at least 32 people and triggering clashes between the two communities, police said. A police officer died and five were injured as they tried to quell the unrest, and 15 more people were killed in violence elsewhere in Punjab.
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April 2, 1988 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Writing 30 years ago, British historian Arnold Toynbee described the robust and fiercely unified Sikhs of the Indian Punjab as the ultimate survivors. "They are the burliest men on the face of the planet, tough and capable and slightly grim," Toynbee observed. "If human life survives the present chapter of men's history, the Sikhs, for sure, will still be on the map."
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