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    BHATINDA, AMRITSAR AND NEW DELHI, INDIA

    Five Sikh high priests demanded on June 21 that Indian army troops should leave the Golden Temple at Amritsar.

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    AMRITSAR, JUNE 19 (DOORDARSHAN)
    1. SVs INTERIOR Five Sikh high priests meet to assess rebuilding of Golden Temple complex. (2 SHOTS) 0.13
    BHATINDA
    2. GV PAN INTERIOR & GV Ceremony in Damdamo Sahid temple. (2 SHOTS) 0.34
    3. GVs EXTERIOR Temple, with high priest Mehar Singh, speaking. (SOT) (2 SHOTS) 1.35
    AMRITSAR
    4. GV & SV INTERIOR Indian Army General A.S. Vaidya visiting wounded soldiers in hospital. (2 SHOTS) 1.53
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 20 (J. KAPOOR)
    5. GVs People chant and shout slogans against British Broadcasting Corporation, some with placards, as troops stand by. (5 SHOTS) 2.24
    InitialsCC/JRS


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    Background: BHATINDA, AMRITSAR AND NEW DELHI, INDIA

    Five Sikh high priests demanded on June 21 that Indian army troops should leave the Golden Temple at Amritsar. The Press Trust of India reported the priests, who gathered in Amritsar on June 19, as saying the army should leave immediately so that devotees might visit the shrine to carry out repairs in the Sikh tradition. A statement in Punjabi was also made on the same day by high priest Mehar Singh at the Damdama Sahid temple in Bhatinda, following a religious ceremony. The Amritsar temple complex was badly damaged when the army stormed it on June 6. About one thousand people died in the battle between army troops and Sikh extremists. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has said that the army would not leave the complex until it was completely cleared of arms, quantities of which were found after the army took control. Also on June 19, Chief of Army Staff General A.S. Vaidya visited wounded troops, including Sikhs, in hospital in Amritsar. In New Delhi on June 20, police detained more than 1,800 people who were attempting to march to the British High Commission to protest against a recent BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) programmed featuring a Sikh leader. They were detained in the city's diplomatic area for violating an order banning public gathering. Protest leaders were allowed to hand over a note condemning the programme, which featured Sikh leader Jagjit Singh Chauhan, president of what he called the government of the Sikh Republic of Khalistan, which campaigns for a separate state in India.

    Source: DOORDARSHAN (INDIAN TELEVISION)/REUTERS - JAGDISH KAPOOR

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAP6N9Z78C27AJSL7NYGWZS7IH
    Media URN:
    VLVAAP6N9Z78C27AJSL7NYGWZS7IH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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