In 1982, Bhindranwale and approximately 200 armed followers moved into a guest-house called the Guru Nanak Niwas, in the precinct of the Golden Temple. By 1983, Harmandir Sahib became a fort for a large number of militants. On 23 April 1983, the Punjab Police Deputy Inspector General A. S. Atwal was shot dead as he left the Golden Temple compound. He was killed by one of the followers of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale at the steps of golden temple. Operation Blue Star happened after few months.
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