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Today in Sikh History :28th June


28th June


1984 Ujagar Singh, acting President, Akali Dal and Atma Singh, acting President SGPC were arrested from their temporary offices in Sri Guru Ram Das hospital. These arrests were conducted to sabotage the Akali Dal meeting announced for Jun. 29, 1984.
1996 Kamaljit Singh Sandhu’s body found in a canal. He was one of the seven convicts in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines Boeing on August 23, 1984.

The body of Kamaljit Singh Sandhu, one of the seven convicts in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines Boeing on August 23, 1984 to protest against Operation Bluestar was found floating in a canal near Hindumalkot of Sriganaganagar, at the Punjab Border on Saturday last.

Kamaljit Singh Sandhu, along with six others convicted in the same case was lodged in Ajmer jail and was released on a two month parole on May 26. Since then he has been staying in his village Kailash, just 3 kms from the Rajastan border. He was last seen along the Sirhind Feeder canal. When he did not return home, his parents started a search. It was then that they came to know that the body of a young man, was found in the Gang canal near village Icbadi.

Sandhu, 30, was said not have been in a proper mental frame. At the Ajmer jail he was undergoing treatment for mental imbalances. Sandhu, a student of Govt. College Chanadigarh back in 1984 had masterminded the hijacking of an IA Boeing on its Delhi-Chandigarh-Srinagar flight and forced the crew to divert it to Dubai. All the hijackers eventually surrendered before the Dubai police and were brought to India. Their trial took place in Ajmer and they served their sentence in Ajmer jail. From here Sandhu was released on parole till July 25, after 12 yrs of imprisonment.

Sandhu, son of retired school headmaster Gurdial Singh Sandhu, had been complaining of constant headache and cold sensation when he was brought to India. On application of his mother, Mrs Kulwant Kaur, he was examined by a board of doctors at PGU, Chandigarh. Before the hijacking, Sandhu who was an AISSF activist had been arrested on 14 April 1984 for his involvement in a case of arson and violence. Sandhus body was cremated on 28 June 1996 at his village Kailash, about 22 kms from Ferozepur.


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