October 25, 1987 |
Police and paramilitary troops virtually sealed off the Golden Temple on Saturday in a new move to block Sikh separatists from using the religion's holiest shrine as a refuge. Amritsar Police Superintendent Baldev Singh said police were guarding 18 entrances to the 16th-Century complex and, for the first time, were searching pilgrims inside the temple in an effort to keep out militants who have been blamed for the deaths of more than 850 people in Punjab state this year.
October 19, 1987 |
Police raided the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Sikhs' holiest shrine, in strife-torn Punjab state on Sunday and arrested three militant Sikh head priests. The police said Savinder Singh, Jaswant Singh and Kashmir Singh were charged with sedition in their support for an independent Sikh state. The three are hard-liners in a five-man group that exercises spiritual authority over the Sikh religion.
October 4, 1987 |
Indian police said they killed two self-styled generals of a Sikh separatist group Saturday in a gun battle in Punjab state. Police identified them as Gurrinder Singh and Majit Singh, who held the ranks of general and lieutenant general in the newly formed Khalistan Freedom Force. Khalistan is the name of a Sikh state wanted by the separatists. More than 900 people have been killed this year in violence related to their campaign.
September 21, 1987 |
Sikh extremists killed four people in the north Indian state of Punjab on Sunday, the Press Trust of India said.
September 20, 1987 |
Sikh extremists firing submachine guns from motor scooters killed five people Saturday and wounded at least 12 others in the northern state of Punjab, police said, bringing the three-day toll in such attacks to 20. Police said the gunmen sped into the marketplace of Nawan Sharhar, 50 miles northwest of the Punjab capital of Chandigarh, and opened fire on customers at a tea shop. They also fire at bystanders outside the store as they sped away.
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.