Time Line

India    13-Apr-1978

At least 17 people killed and over a 100 injured after a ““Manav Ekta Sammelan Divas” organised by Sant Nirankaris ---a Sikh splinter group which believes in a living guru as opposed to the scriptural Guru Granth Sahib ---in Amritsar is attacked by Akhand Kirtani Jatha and Damdami Taksal members. Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a fiery Sikh leader who instigated the attack on Nirankaris by swearing that he would not let anyone insult Sikh Gurus, hits the headlines. .

India    10-Jun-1978

The Akal Takht (the highest political institution of the Sikhs) issues a “Hukumnama” or religious decree calling upon Sikhs to boycott the Nirankaris.

India    06-Aug-1978

The “Dal Khalsa” a far right Sikh organisation named after the Sikh Army that operated in the Punjab region in the 18th century, is formed, with a five-member Supreme Council comprising Harsimran Singh, Gajinder Singh, Harbhagat Singh, Jaswant Singh Thekedar, and Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib.

India    07-Oct-1978

Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee adopts a resolution demanding a ban on Nirankari religious books, and calls upon Sikhs to abide by the ‘hukumnama’ issued by the Akal Takht.