AMRITSAR, Punjab, India: March 22. Reuter: Sikh freedom fighters used rockets successfully for the first time on Monday night in an attack on a paramilitary post in Punjab state, police said.

About 50 paramilitary police were camped in the grounds of a temple at Phagwara, when a rocket blew a hole in the outer wall.

The freedom fighters fired two rockets at the temple about 100 Km from the Sikh holy city Amritsar. Only one exploded and nobody was injured.

Police said it was the first time Sikh freedom fighters fighting for an independent state had successfully exploded a rocket

Launchers but no rockets were discovered in Amritsar’s Golden Temple in 1984 after Indian troops stormed the Sikh shrine. A year later freedom fighters tried to launch two rocket attacks but the warheads failed to explode.

In September incidents five people were killed by gunmen in the northern state on Monday night. Police said two freedom fighters were killed by security forces.

Article extracted from this publication >> March 25, 1988