At 14.40, the Central Reserve Police Force suddenly start firing without warning aiming directly at the Harmandir Sahib Complex. The firing continues on and off from the 1st of June through to the 3rd. Innocent pilgrims gathered to commemorate the martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji (one of the busiest days at the complex), are trapped inside with no way of escape. A few that do try to leave are gunned down by the State forces and the message soon reverberates around the complex, reaching the trapped pilgrims that there is no way out of the buildings.
No shots are returned from the Harmandir Sahib Complex, as the young Sikh defenders are under strict instructions not to return fire. Bullets fired by the army snipers kill a dozen Sikhs…..to be continued.
Read in Punjabi via Sikh Organisation For Prisoners Welfare