Time Line

India    01-Feb-1981

Dal Khalsa organizes a joint-seminar with senior Sikh Sophisticates’ Forum in support of Khalistan at Panchayat Bhawan in Chandigarh.

India    20-Mar-1981

Dal Khalsa workers raise pro-Khalistan slogans during the 54th Sikh educational conference at Chandigarh.

India    20-Mar-1981

Around 85 Dal Khalsa volunteers take out a procession demanding the creation of Khalistan at Anandpur Sahib in Amritsar.

India    23-May-1981

SGPC President Gurcharan Singh Tohra demands holy status for Amritsar and the closure of all tobacco, cigarette and liquor shops in the city.

India    12-Jul-1981

The working committee of AISSF expresses resentment over anti-Sikh articles published in the Jalandhar based vernacular papers, especially one belonging to Lala Jagat Narain. Narain asked to apologize by August 22 or face dire consequences..

India    26-Jul-1981

During the World Sikh Convention in Amritsar, Gajinder Singh, a Panch of Dal Khalsa and his associates distribute pro-Khalistan literature.

India    15-Aug-1981

Around 20 Dal Khalsa volunteers hoist a “Nishan Kesari” flag at Sector 22-D Gurudwara and Manji Sahib in Amritsar, and subsequently in Ludhiana and Jalandhar, where they also raise pro-Khalistan slogans. .

India    27-Aug-1981

During the visitors’ gathering session at Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Dal Khalsa activists headed by Satnam Singh raise pro-Khalistan slogans.

India    09-Sep-1981

The chief editor of Hind Samachar, Lala Jagat Narain shot dead near Ladowal village in Ludhiana. A strong critic of the Khalistan movement, he had survived an earlier assassination attempt in January 1981.

India    13-Sep-1981

A team of Punjab Police sent to arrest Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale attacked and fired at by his followers at Chando Kalan in Haryana.

India    16-Sep-1981

Confrontation between police and Khalsa College students in Amritsar.

India    20-Sep-1981

Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale arrested in Chowk Mehta in Amritsar. Seventeen Damdami Taksal supporters killed when they attack the police team. Several followers of Bhindranwale and Shiromani Akali Dal arrested for inciting communal violence at various places in the state.

India    20-Sep-1981

Minority communities attacked in Jalandhar and Tarn Taran.

Pakistan    29-Sep-1981

In retaliation against the arrest of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, five members of the Dal Khalsa led by Gajinder Singh and his associates Satnam Singh, Jasbir Singh, Karam Singh and Tejinder Singh hijack an Indian Airlines flight IC-423, which was carrying 117 passengers from New Delhi to Srinagar, and force it to land in Lahore. At India’s request, Pakistan special forces rescue the passengers and arrest the hijackers.

India    15-Oct-1981

Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale is released from detention after India’s Home Minister, Giani Zail Singh tells Parliament that the courts lacked evidence against him.

India    18-Oct-1981

Akali Dal presents its 15 point demands.

India    09-Nov-1981

Three followers of Bhindranwale die while assembling bombs at Gurudwara Gurdarshan Prakash Mehta Chowk.

India    19-Nov-1981

Police Inspector Pritam Singh Bajwa, Head Constable Ujjagar Singh, and Constables Kesar and Surat Singh killed in an encounter in Daheru village in Ludhiana district. The police team was conducting a search operation to arrest Tarsem Singh Kalasinghian, who escaped with all the militants hiding in the house of Amarjit Singh Nihang..

India    22-Dec-1981

Jathedar Santokh Singh, leader of Akali Dal (Tara Singh) and President of Delhi Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, shot dead by terrorists in a West Delhi colony..