In the 1980s Sikh separatists attacked and massacred Hindu minorities, including civilians. By June 1984 the government brought in troops to remove the militants at the Golden Temple, a Sikh shrine, in Amritsar. The shrine was damaged and hundreds were killed. In October 1984 Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India at the time, was murdered by her Sikh bodyguards. After her assassination Congress Party leaders attacked the Sikhs and killed at least 2,733 within a few days. They also destroyed and looted their property and raped women.