Time Line

India    06-Feb-1985

At the residence of Capt. Amarinder Singh, many eminent Sikhs including retired army and civilian officers held a meeting in which they formed a “Sikh Forum”. The forum has been created to work for the welfare of the Sikhs with Capt. Amarinder and Lt. Gen. J S Arora as its convenors. Justice R S Narula, Manmohan Singh and Brig. Sukhjit Singh as the member of the Executive Committee. During the meeting, a 7-member committee was also formed to study the implications of Anandpur Resolution, River Water dispute, Chandigarh and other territorial issues, riots in Delhi and at other places, and Operation Blue Star.

India    27-Feb-1985

The Akali Dal declares June 3 to June 6 would be observed as Black Days, and demands the ban on the radical group AISSF be lifted.

India    05-Mar-1985

The Jathedar of Akal Takht asks Punjab Home Minister Buta Singh to appear before it and accept his punishment.

India    01-Apr-1985

Punjab Home Minister Buta Singh is ex-communicated from the Sikh panth due to his failure to appear before the Akal Takht.

India    01-May-1985

Joginder Singh dissolves all the factions of Shiromani Akali Dal and forms a 9-member committee with Inderjit Singh Advocate as General Secretary and Simranjeet Singh Mann as convenor. Harchand Singh Longowal resigns as Akali Dal President, and rejects the announcement made by Joginder Singh. The district Jathedars, however, disapproved of the 9-member committee and also rejected Longowal’s resignation.

India    05-May-1985

SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra declares that the Akal Takht would be re-constructed according to the Sikh tradition.

India    10-May-1985

A former Member of Parliament and Lok Dal leader, Chaudhary Balbir Singh shot dead by Khalistani extremists in Hoshiarpur.

India    09-Jul-1985

Former Ludhiana Senior Superintendent of Police A.P Pandey escapes an assassination attempt. .

India    24-Jul-1985

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Harchand Singh Longowal sign the Punjab Accord, in which the government accepts the demands of Akali Dal, which in turn agrees to end its agitation.

India    25-Jul-1985

The Punjab extremist groups --United Akali Dal and AISSF -- reject the Rajiv-Longowal Accord. At a meeting convened by United Akali Dal, Harchand Singh Longowal, Barnala and Balwant Singh accused of destroying the Akal Takht.

India    26-Jul-1985

Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Parkash Singh Badal and other Sikh leaders reject the Rajiv-Longowal accord for not including the rehabilitation of army deserters in the accord. The party withdraws its “Dharam Yudh Morcha”.

India    20-Aug-1985

Akali Dal Leader Harchand Singh Longowal shot dead at a village gurudwara in Sherpur (Sangrur) in Jullundur district.

India    28-Dec-1985

Shaheed Samagam at Gurudwara Gurdarshan Prakash in Amritsar attended by United Akali Dal and AISSF workers. Mohkam Singh reads out a resolutions authorizing Thakur Singh to look after the affairs of Damdami Taksal.