Time Line

India    17-Mar-1982

Dal Khalsa leader Jathedar Jaswant Singh says his organization believed in direct confrontation and warned that if Hindus demolish Gurdwaras and throw cigarettes there, Sikhs would throw beef in temples.

India    08-Apr-1982

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi inaugurates the foundation stone of the “Sutlej -Yamuna Link Canal” at Kapuri in Patiala.

India    24-Apr-1982

Akali Dal launches a “Nehar Roko Morcha” to obstruct the digging of Sutlej -Yamuna Link canal.

India    26-Apr-1982

Violence erupts after Dal Khalsa members throw two severed heads of cows near temples at Katra Ahluwalia and Bazaar Kathian in Amritsar. One man killed, several injured, and a few shops were shops were burnt. More than 350 people arrested over a period of two days, and curfew imposed in Amritsar and Patiala.

India    02-May-1982

National Council of Khalistan and Dal Khalsa banned by the Central Government.

India    19-Jul-1982

AISSF President Amrik Singh arrested in connection with the attempt on the life of Joginder Singh Sant Nirankari.

India    19-Jul-1982

Two associates of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Baba Thara Singh and Baba Ram Singh arrested. Bhindranwale announces a morcha before Amritsar’s DC Office in protest. .

India    22-Jul-1982

Punjab Chief Minister Darbara Singh escapes an assassination attempt.

India    26-Jul-1982

At the All World Sikh Convention organized by Akali Dal High Command, Harchand Singh Longowal is authorised to launch “Dharam Yudh Morcha” – a civil disobedience movement, from August 1982. He is also asked to shift the “Nehar Roko Morcha” to Amritsar.

India    04-Aug-1982

Dharam Yudh Morcha (Agitation for Religion), a movement by Shiromani Akali Dal (L), starts in Amritsar. Prakash Singh Badal leads the first jatha of 1,054 volunteers to court arrest at Manji Sahib in Amritsar.

India    04-Aug-1982

Gurbaksh Singh from Pakka Kalan village hijacks an Indian Airlines Delhi- Srinagar flight 423, saying he has a bomb with him. He tries to take the flight, which has 70 foreigners on board, to Lahore but later opts to land it in Amritsar, where he’s arrested. The “bomb” turns out to be a rubber ball wrapped in cloth..

India    20-Aug-1982

A man hurls two hand grenades and two bombs at a public function of Punjab CM Darbara Singh at Rahon in Jullundur district. At least 30 thirty people were injured in the blasts. The chief minister is struck by one of the bombs, but it fails to explode, and he escapes unhurt. The assailant was arrested later.

India    20-Aug-1982

Manjit Singh hijacks Indian Airlines Flight 492 from Bombay – New Delhi and demands that it be taken to Lahore. Pakistani authorities deny permission, and the plane forced to land at Amritsar’s Raja Sansi airport where . Singh was shot dead by security forces after his gun jammed..

India    11-Sep-1982

At least 34 persons die and 21 others hurt as a bus filled with the Akali volunteers who had courted arrest under Dharam Yudh Morcha collides with a train near Tarn Taran.

India    06-Nov-1982

Harchand Singh Longowal of Shiromani Akali Dal (L) threatens to disrupt the Asian Games (November 19 – December 4), by holding a series of demonstrations to focus the world’s attention on the “persecution of Sikhs in India”.