why gurupurab is choosen in 1984? detalis
Only one question generally occures in everybody's mind, "Why the day of Gurpurab was choosen to attack Golden Temple, why not any other day it attacked so that pilgrims could be saved?
Actually it was choosen deliberately and army pre-planned it to attack on that special day so that the pilgrims will be used as buffer in cross firing. Army wanted to use this gathering of Sikh pilgrims as a cover-shield. It was not concerned whether pilgrims dies or survive, it had to complete the task-their mission to kill Sant Bhindranwala at any cost.The pilgrims may be killed but at least army personals shall be saved and be able to capture Akal Takhat with minimal damage.
But this strategy failed army killed the innocent pilgrims in frustration due to heavy loss of casualities and wounded. General Shahbeg Singh and his dedicated Sikh soldiers were so brave and witty that they failed every move of army. Army brought APC vehicles to capture Akal takhat but it was destroyed by militants then Tanks were brought in. They fired 80 shells on Akal Takhat and killed everybody in.
Before this Gen. Sinha,(Commmanding in chief, western command) was ordered to send tanks to suppress and eliminate Bhindranwala and his followers at Chowk Mehta (Damdami Taksal), on request of Darbara Singh than C.M. of Punjab, but he refused as the sentiments of Sikhs could be hurt by sending army and tanks in Gurudwara. His junoir Gen A.S.Vaidya was promoted to C-in-C of India. Gen. Sinha was thus punished for disobeying orders of Govt.