In occupied Kashmir, a large number of people hailing from different walks of life including those from Sikh and Muslim communities participated in the candle sit-in at Amira Kadal in Srinagar.
According to media sources, the function was organized by Gurmat Taksel, a religious-cum-social Sikh organisation, to pay tributes to those who were killed by Indian forces during operation Blue Star on 6 June 1984, organizers said in a statement.
They said the member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed while participating in the sit-in expressed solidarity with the Sikh community on the 33rd anniversary of the dirty operation. It is to mention here that Operation Blue Star was an Indian military operation which occurred between 1 June and 6 June 1984, ordered by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to kill Sikh revolutionary religious leader, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, and his followers from the Harmandir Sahib Complex in Amritsar, Punjab. The operation was carried out by Indian Army troops with tanks, artillery, helicopters, armoured vehicles and tear gas. According to the official estimate presented by the Indian government, 493 civilians were killed during the operation although numbers put forward by independent human rights organisations are significantly higher.