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SOURCE: The Indian Express

A huge gathering was witnessed on the occasion of 37th anniversary of Operation Blue Star at Akal Takht on Sunday.

A ceremony to mark the occasion was held by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), in which, the bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib was performed. Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Harpreet Singh, Jathedar Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Giani Raghbir Singh, and SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur were present during event, which remained peaceful. Even though a heavy contingent of security personnel kept a watch on people streaming in and out of the temple, no one was stopped from entering the premises on account of the ongoing lockdown.

Punjabi movie actor-turned-farmer activist and political activist Deep Sidhu also attended Sunday’s event, during which some pro-Khalistan slogans were raised.

During Sunday’s event, Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Harpreet Singh appealed to the community to set aside their differences under the patronage of Sri Akal Takht Sahib. “The pain of the Sikhs is unbearable but it is important to use this to our power. The Sikh organisations and jathebandis are the strength of the community and these should not be allowed to be weakened. Today, when Sikhs are attacked anywhere; the entire community gets alerted and stands united with them. The Sikh community takes strength from their Gurus and martyrs.”

SGPC president, Bibi Jagir Kaur, talking to the media said, urged the community to be supportive in the works related to Sikh history and heritage. Deep Sidhu, while talking to the media said, “Mature democracies should provide space for all kinds of aspiration. It becomes more problematic when such space is denied in a democracy.”