Covid stops many from attending Bluestar events | Chandigarh News

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Amritsar: For the second consecutive year, the number of devotees coming to Amritsar from other areas to observe the anniversary of Operation Bluestar and stay overnight in the Golden Temple complex has reduced sharply in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sakkatar Singh , a shopkeeper in the vicinity of Golden Temple said he would often make arrangements for the stay of devotees in the verandah of his shop but not many devotees have arrived so far. “The number of devotees arriving from several villages or even from other cities of Punjab or Delhi is much lower than last year’s arrival of devotees,” he said.
TOI talked to Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Tilak Nagar, Delhi, who makes it a point to be in Amritsar on the occasion. Last year, he said he drove to Amritsar from Delhi with his wife but had decided against it this year due to spurt in Covid cases. “It’s my commitment to myself to stay in the Golden Temple complex and reach Akal Takht early morning on June 6 but this year, I will not be coming as I would not only put myself at risk of acquiring Covid but also endanger my family in Delhi,” he said.
Sources said elaborate security arrangements have been made around the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee complex to prevent untoward incidents. A large number of police personnel in plainclothes have also been deployed in the complex to keep an eye on trouble-makers. Confirming the details, Amritsar police commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill said police was on high alert.

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