Time Line

India    19-Jan-1987

A Hindu doctor shot dead by two Khalistani extremists on a public bus near Kapurthala.

India    19-Jan-1987

Sikh gunmen kill a Hindu cloth merchant and two teachers in separate incidents in Gurdaspur district.

India    19-Jan-1987

General Secretary of Congress in Punjab and a former state minister known for anti-Khalistani position, Joginder Pal Pandey shot dead along with his bodyguard at a gas station in Ludhiana.

India    26-Jan-1987

Republic Day observed as “Black Day” at some places in Punjab following a call given by United Akali Dal and AISSF. Khalistan flags hoisted on some buildings in the Golden Temple complex.

India    26-Jan-1987

Darshan Singh Ragi appointed as the Jathedar of Akal Takht during the “Sarbat Khalsa Sammelan” in Amritsar. Giani Puran Singh appointed as Head Granthi and the appointment of Sawinder Singh as the Jathedar of Keshgarh Sahib and Jaswant Singh Zaffarwal as the Jathedar of Damdama Sahib by SGPC approved. Gurbachan Singh Manochahal is included in the Panthic Committee in place of Dhanna Singh. The Khalistan declaration of April 29, 1986 is endorsed and the Jathedar of Akal Takht and other high priests are empowered to call a Sarbat Khalsa. A five -member committee is also formed to assist the Jathedar of Akal Takht.

India    05-Feb-1987

The High Priest announces the formation of United Akali Dal after dissolving all factions of Akali Dal. Simranjit Singh Mann appointed as the President of the organization and a 13-member presidium also constituted to advise him.

India    06-Feb-1987

Akal Takht Jathedar, Darshan Singh Ragi asks all the Akali MPs, MLAs and workers to offer their services to Akal Takht by February 8, failing which they would be considered as “Tankhiya”.

India    09-Feb-1987

The High Priest declares Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala as Tankhiya and asks him to appear before Akal Takht on February 11 to explain why he disobeyed the directive given on February 6.

India    11-Feb-1987

Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala ex-communicated from the Sikh Panth.

India    12-Feb-1987

A group of Sikh extremists loot around Rs. 5.7crore from Punjab National Bank’s Millarganj branch in Ludhiana.

India    12-Mar-1987

Sukhdev Singh Jhamke announces the formation of Khalistan Security Force with Jagir Singh and Nirvair Singh as its ‘generals’ in order to provide information about Police informers and ‘Amritdharis’.

India    01-Apr-1987

The Secretary of SGPC, Abhinashi Singh and Dr. B.S Brar go missing and are suspected to have been killed by Gurjit Singh of AISSF.

India    15-Apr-1987

Gurbachan Singh Manochahal resigns from the Panthic Committee and forms a new organization called “Bhindranwale Tiger Force of Khalistan”.

India    25-Apr-1987

Jaspal Singh appointed as the member of the Panthic Committee in place of Gurbachan Singh Manochahal.

India    09-May-1987

Gurbachan Singh Manochahal become the ‘chief’ of BTFK.

India    12-May-1987

President’s Rule imposed in the state of Punjab and the government of Surjit Singh Barnala is dismissed.

India    30-May-1987

The United Akali Dal approves eight more names for the Council including Manjit Singh, Harminder Sandhu and former IAS Gurtej Singh Brar.

India    04-Aug-1987

Akal Takht Jathedar Darshan Singh Ragi calls a Sikh convention, where he agrees with the militants that Khalsa Raj could not be achieved without weapons.

India    08-Aug-1987

Akal Takht Jathedar Darshan Singh Ragi decides not to indulge in controversies and conflict with the Sikh youth and withdraws from the scene in order to protect the image of Akal Takht.

India    18-Aug-1987

Four high priests of Akal Takht support Jathedar Darshan Singh Ragi’s statement that militants should provide religious and political leadership. They also call on militant organizations to forge unity.

India    30-Aug-1987

Gurbachan Singh Manochahal is re-admitted as the member of Panthic Committee in place of Jaspal Singh.

India    09-Sep-1987

Four High priests of Akal Takht criticized the retreat by Darshan Singh Ragi from the Sikh scene. They also announced the merger of 16 militant organizations into one single unit and called upon the Sikhs to help the militants in the struggle for removing shackles of slavery.

India    29-Sep-1987

Panthic Committee accused Darshan Singh Ragi, the current Jathedar of Akal Takht of colluding with Surjit Singh Barnala and Balwant Singh. The committee comprising of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, Gurbachan Singh Manochahal, Dalbir Singh, Uday Singh, Dalwinder Singh, Subegh Singh, and Gurdev Singh criticized Darshan Singh Ragi for condemning the resolution passed during January 1986 Sarbat Khalsa declaring the creation of Khalistan. They also said that a new Jathedar will be appointed in place of Ragi.

India    01-Oct-1987

Darshan Singh Ragi, current Jathedar of Akal Takht in a statement said that the Sarbat Khalsa could only be summoned by all Sikh organizations and that he will abide by any decision taken by them. He also maintained that Panthic Committee and other Singh Sahibans’ cannot take action against him.

India    07-Oct-1987

In a press statement, Nirvair Singh of Panthic Committee announced the formation of a new Council of Khalistan. The organization is comprised of 11 members including Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh as its President, Rajinder Singh Sekhon, Tejinder Singh Babbar, Tejpal Singh Dhami, Harinder Singh, Shamsher Singh of Akal Federation, Satnam Singh of Dal Khalsa, Gurnam Singh Bundala, Wadhawa Singh Babbar, Resham Singh, and Satkar Singh.

India    07-Oct-1987

Member of Panthic Committee, Gurdev Singh Usmanwala was killed in a police encounter. He was one of the five real members of Panthic Committee who declared the creation of Khalistan during January 1986 Sarbat Khalsa.

India    15-Oct-1987

Four high priests of Akal Takht declared to convene Sarbat Khalsa at Golden Temple on October 22.

India    16-Oct-1987

SGPC (Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee) General House meeting took place at Anandpur Sahib and elected Gurcharan Singh Tohra as its President. However, pro-Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) held separate meeting and elected Harcharan Singh Sudiara as the President of SGPC.

India    22-Oct-1987

Due to the security arrangements, the scheduled Sarbat Khalsa could not be held. The Panthic, in a statement ex-communicated Darshan Singh Ragi, PS Badal, GS Tohra and Kabul Singh asserted nothing short of Khalistan would be acceptable. Appointed Kawaljit Singh Sultanwind as member Panthic Committee in place of Gurdev Singh Usmanwala.

India    12-Dec-1987

PS Badal was released from detention and he suggested a five-point plan which should be accepted by the Centre before holding talks on Punjab issue. The Five-points Included, general amnesty, repeal of black laws, stoppage of false encounters, punishment to responsible for Nov. 84 riots and rehabilitation of Sikh army deserters.

India    14-Dec-1987

SSP, A.S Brar and Additional SP, K.R.S Gill were shot dead by two terrorists at Patiala. The two terrorists putting on track suits pretending to be sportsmen opened fire upon them, as a result of which both the officers died on the spot.

India    23-Dec-1987

Gurnam Singh Buttar of the AISSF and fellow Akalis presents ed a resolution on Khalistan the Shaheedi Jorh Mela organised by the United Akali Dal at Fatehgarh Sahib, which was passed by a show of hands Gurnam Singh Buttar of AISSF got resolution passed from the United Akali Dal stage at Fatehgarh Sahib.