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May 30, 2014

A Witness Among the Bodies: Surviving Bluestar

(Pleasanton, CA)

On the 30th Anniversary, Ensaaf presents an eyewitness account of the Indian Army assault on the Harmandir Sahib Complex in Amritsar, Punjab, from June 1 to June 6, 1984. This account is coupled with archival footage of the inside of the complex, filmed during that first week of June by the Associated Press. This footage shows an interview with Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, bullet holes, and pilgrims filling up pails of water, among other scenes from inside. The exclusive eyewitness interview reveals how the Indian Army intentionally killed thousands of civilians and used excessive force during the assault.

“When the Army came inside, they did not see if it was a child or an elder. They only thought, ‘We have to finish all of them.’”

This attack launched the Decade of Disappearances, ten years of gross human rights violations in Punjab, including widespread and systematic torture, murder, and disappearances. No government or security official has been held accountable for the Army assault. Without a true accounting of the abuses, as well as justice and reparations for survivors, impunity will continue to prevail in India.

Ensaaf is determined to achieve justice and end impunity. It is crucial that we continue and complete our work of documenting abuses, bringing perpetrators to justice, and organizing survivors. To reach this goal, we ask you to Watch. Share. Donate.

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