June 3, 1984
Santji’s message on 3rd June regarding the Damdami Taksal-“This is Taksal of Guru Gobind Singh ji maharaj and He’ll bless it.If any untoward incident happens and testing times come,Baba Thakur Singh ji will be responsible for managing Taksal and guiding Sikh Sangat.Listen to what he says and have faith in his words. Stay united and work for Charhdi kala of Panth.”
June 4, 1984
4.15 am. Operation Bluestar (codename for Sant Jarnail Singh ji due to his Blue Dastaar) starts and bombs from Artillery guns and howitzer guns hit Guru Ramdas Langar’s roof, the Water Tank and Bunga Raamgarhia. Singhs defend these positions under command of Baba Thaara Singh ji, they fight back but attain shaheedi after being blown up by deadly bombing. Battle rages outside the Parikarma!
Baba Thaara Singh ji was on the Langar hall roof when the defenses were pounded with Artillery bombs. The Singhs defending these positions were Shaheed after a fight of 2 hours as singhs only had guns. The Water tank also had defence positions but they were blown apart and 8 singhs guarding that morcha also got Shaheed. Baba Thaara Singh ji got injured and refused to be moved, but Singhs picked him up and brought him to the Parikarma where he took up his gun and sat at defence near Dukh-bhanjani beri. Despite being injured he fought the whole day and whole night and attained shaheedi at Amrit vela of 5th june.
As the day of 4th june passed, fierce battles raged between the Indian Army and Khalsa fauj led by Sant Baba Jarnail Singh ji. 85 singhs gave Shaheedi fighting the army during the daytime, but Army remained unable to enter the Parikarma of Darbar Sahib. General Brar, who had claimed he would finish the operation in two hours and have breakfast with Indira Gandhi in Delhi, was still chewing his nails in the Army control room.
The army was unable to break through the defence positions of Khalsa fauj defending Darbar Sahib’s entrance even after trying the whole day. They used every method, from pounding Khalsa positions with Artillery guns to using rockets and mortars, but were not able to enter Parikarma of Darbar Sahib. Hundreds of invaders died and also 85 Jhujharoo Singhs, who were guarding Ramgarhia Bunga, Langar roof, and Water Tank, as these were easy targets for the Army being at high altitude. Still, Singhs inside parikarma, Baba Atal Gurudwara, Akaal Takhat sahib, and at 4 gates of parikarma gave a determined resistance, despite the lack of food and water. The water supply had been cut and the water tank demolished. Sangat was thirsty and hungry, but there was no water to drink! Hundereds of Sangat,incuding women and small childern were killed by invading Army.
June 5, 1984
Operation Woodrose is unleashed in Rural punjab (specially the Majha area). The aim was to kill every Amritdhari Sikh between age 15-35,who was wearing Blue,Black,White, and Kesri Dastar (the traditional Sikh colours). 30,000 Sikhs gather at village Golewal near Amritsar to defend Darbar Sahib. Over 20,000 gather at Mehta Chowk,but are fired upon by helicopter gunships and Tanks. Thousands attain Shaheedi.
June 6, 1984
Indian army used Main Battle Tanks, Howitzer Guns, and chemical weapons (banned by the UN) to break through defences of Jhujhaaro Singhs and enter the Parkarma. Sri Akaal Takhat Sahib was bombed and demolished. 220 Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji were engulfed in flames. 360 bullets pierced the wall of Darbar sahib. 350 Sikh warriors,including Bhai Amrik Singh ji, Baba Thaara Singh, Bhai Subheg Singh, and Bhai Jageer Singh attained Shaheedi.
Around 7000 innocent Sikh pilgrims, including women, children, and the elderly, were killed. Every Sikh youth found alive in or out of the parikarma was Shot dead. Even Little babies were not spared and killed.
Virtually the whole jatha of Damdami Taksal got Shaheed in this battle. Around 350 Singhs of Taksal laid down their lives fighting the enemy. Only a handful of senior singhs of the Taksal sent out by Sant ji survived, only for many of them to be martyred in the Movement which began afterwards.
50 Hazoori Sikhs, some Singhs from Dal Baba Bidhichand, and 12 singhs from Langar sahib Jatha (hazoor sahib) laid down their lives defending Darbar Sahib.
Parnaam Saheeda Nu!
June 7, 1984
About 100 vidyarthis from Damdami Taksal are arrested and brought in Parkarma of Darbar Sahib.They are made to line up in front of Firing squad of Army and Brar asks them,’ Do you want khalistan like your Bhindranwala’? One of the Bhujangi gives out loud Jaikaara ‘ Bole So Nihaal’ and others respond with ‘Sat …Sri Akaaaall’!Brar,getting his answer,orders to Fire and within minutes, 100 bhujangis are martyred!