Time Line

India    23-Feb-1980

A meeting convened by former Director of Health Services Dr Sohan Singh decides to step up “Khalistan” activities and collect funds for the cause. K S Grewal, Major Ujagar Singh, and Ajmer Singh among those present.

India    03-Apr-1980

Jagjit Singh Chouhan hoists a ‘Khalistani’ flag from the Gurudwara of Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib.

India    12-Apr-1980

Jagjit Singh Chouhan announces his election as the President of Council of Khalistan.

India    24-Apr-1980

Nirankari sect chief Baba Gurbachan Singh shot dead at the Nirankari headquarters in Delhi by a member of Akhand Kirtani Jatha.

India    16-Jun-1980

Balbir Singh Sandhu, self-styled Secretary General of Council of Khalistan, appoints Jagjit Singh Chouhan as the President of Khalistan, and appeals to foreign governments to recognise Khalistan..

India    04-Jul-1980

Balbir Singh Sandhu, issues a circular to all senior officers in Punjab, exhorting them to modify their working practices according to the tenets of Khalistan.

India    08-Jul-1980

Different groups of Naxals decide to extend their support and cooperation to the Khalistani Movement at a meeting convened by Jagjit Singh Sohal of CPML.

India    16-Jul-1980

Balbir Singh Sandhu, announces the formation of Khalistan government at Akal Takht, Amritsar, and asks government officials to prepare for duty on the basis of Gurbani concepts. He also declares the formation of Khalsa panchayat and Khalistan brigades in all villages and the issue of Khalistan passports. Republic Day, January 26, 1981 would be observed as “black day,”he adds..

India    18-Jul-1980

In Amritsar city, a procession led by Surinder Singh Oberoi on behalf of Khalistan brigade raises slogans in favour of Khalistan.

India    26-Aug-1980

All the leading newspapers in Jalandhar receive postal stamps bearing the insignia of Khalistan from Jagjit Singh Chouhan, operating from the UK.

India    25-Sep-1980

A three-day route march launched by Khalistani supporters, covering Attari, Jhabal, Bir Baba Budha Sahib, Tarn Taran, Sirhali, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, and ending at Guru Nanak Niwas in Amritsar. Pamphlets appealing to the public to prepare themselves for the creation of Khalistan distributed.

India    01-Oct-1980

10 paisa postal stamps of Khalistan state distributed by Khalsa Mukti Vahini.

Canada    04-Dec-1980

The Council of Khalistan opens an office in Toronto , Canada. It claims to have membership of around 1700 people in Canada and 400 in West Germany. Surjan Singh Gill named the in-charge of the Vancouver branch (headquarters of Council of Khalistan). Propaganda pamphlets, Khalistan Dollar currency, postage stamps, and passports circulated.

India    05-Dec-1980

In a meeting held at Guru Nanak Niwas in Amritsar, Balbir Singh Sandhu decides to organize route marches and intensify the propaganda for the creation of Khalistan. A 151-member Khalistan Council (100 from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and 51 from foreign countries), headed by Jagjit Singh Chouhan is also announced.

India    07-Dec-1980

A meeting convened by Balbir Singh Sandhu decides to woo students in favour of Khalistan. Sandhu assigned the task of establishing contact with various educational institutions by liaising with AISSF (All India Sikh Students’ Federation) and Khalistan Mukti Morcha.