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.
July 19, 1987
Indian paramilitary troops arrested 35 Sikhs in a raid on the Golden Temple complex, the Sikhs' holiest shrine, following the slaying of three police officers by suspected extremists, authorities said. At least 500 troops of the Central Reserve Police Force entered guest houses and office buildings in the temple complex in Amritsar after the ambush slaying of three members of a police patrol.
June 14, 1987 |
Sikh separatists armed with submachine guns opened fire indiscriminately at four places in New Delhi late Saturday night, killing 11 people and wounding 21, police said. Authorities said an undetermined number of Sikh extremists, operating in two teams, carried out the attacks in fashionable neighborhoods in the southern part of New Delhi.
March 8, 1987 |
Militant Sikhs shot dead a policeman trying to rescue a colleague in the Golden Temple on Saturday and later hundreds of policemen stormed into Sikhdom's holiest shrine. The Press Trust of India news agency said four policemen were wounded in a gun battle after they entered the Amritsar temple to rescue a colleague seized by the militants. One later died in the hospital. Hundreds of armed policemen raced into the temple to bring the four wounded men to safety.