Gurupurab and was there from June 1. He was arrested by the Army on June 6but released in October. He was rearrested soon after and had been againreleased a little before we met him. Remarkably calm and soft spoken, hesaid that there were about 100 fighters with Bhindranwale inside the TempleComplex and less than 100 arms, mostly, 303 guns of the II World War.Extremely handsome, he is a member of the All India Sikh StudentsFederation.6.
Prithipal Singh -
A young (24 years) Sevadar at the Akal Rest House, insidethe Guru Ram Das Serai, Golden Temple complex, where mostly distinguishedguests stayed. He was on duty throughout the period of the Army Operation.He narrated how he had a hair-breadth escape, even after being lined upbefore the firing squad on June 6, after he had been arrested, stripped nakedand his hands had been tied behind his back with his turban. He showed usthe bullet-ridden walls of the Akal Rest House, where we spoke to him.7.
- and empoyee of the S.G.P.C. whom we met at the Golden Temple.8.
Surinder Singh Ragi "Patnasahib Wala"
- Head Ragi (singer) at theHarmandir Sahib, we met the young man (about 35 years) outside theInformation Office of the Golden Temple, He was in the Kesari (Sochre) rolesof a priest. He was on duty at the Harmandir Sahib during the Army action.He is an extremely popular singer of 'Shabads' from the Gurbani and histapes are on great demand. He spoke to us with great conviction. "The Gurutaught us to resist atyachar (represssion), not to do atyachar".9.
- an Amritdhari woman in her mid-thirties, she had come tothe Golden Temple on June 2, 1984 for the Gurupurab with her husband(Puran Singh who is now in Kapurthala Jail) and three children from her villageKhanowal in Kapurthala district. She was so calm and fearless when shedescribed her tribulations. She is facing severe economic hardships,cultivating only two acres of land, having no regualr source of income sinceher husband's arrest more that 9 months back.10.
Harchan Singh Ragi
- one of the Hazuri Ragis who sings at the HarmandirSahib, he is in his late fifties. With serene eyes and flowing white beard, hehas an endearing touch. He was on duty at the Harmandir Sahib singing'kirtans' when the Army shelled it very early morning on June 4. Born into aHindu Brahmin family, he was orphaned at the time of partition and thenadoped and brought up by Amrik Singh, the blind Head Ragi of the Golden Temple who was killed inside the Harmandir Sahib on the morning of June 5.We met him at the Information Office of the Golden Temple, and he lives justabove it. Raminderpal Singh - an innocent boy - one of his sons, is detained at Jodhpur Jail as a 'terrorist'.Some of the details of the life in Amritsar at the time of the Army action, wereprovided to us by the relatives of a few of those who were captured from theGolden Temple after the army operation, as 'terrorists' accused of 'wagingwar against the State' and who are now being tried under the Special Courts(Terrorists) Act at Jodhpur Jail. It is the Jodhpur detenues who are eye-witnesses to the Army operations in Amritsar in June 1984, not the relativeswe met. But some of their evidence was passed on to their relatives in thecourse of brief meeting in jail from time to time. We met the relatives of: