India Deliverance

Rooting out Sikh extremists

Worshipers in Amritsar's Golden Temple, the holiest shrine in Sikhdom, were interrupted by an unsettling warning from loudspeakers on the shrine's periphery. Outside the temple complex, police commandos and paramilitary forces stood by to reclaim the holy place from the Sikh extremists who had seized control three months before. Pilgrims were advised to leave. Soon afterward, 300 commandos swept into the outer offices of the complex, arresting student leaders. Then, with another 700 troops, they fanned out onto the marble pathway surrounding the main temple shrine, where the militants were holed up. The search for the extremists, punctuated by occasional gunfire,...

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