Operation Bluestar in-charge Lt Gen Brar denies reports of Britain's aid

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 15, 2014 16:00 hrs

Lieutenant General (Retired) Kuldeep Singh Brar, who headed the Operation Bluestar in 1984, dismissed allegations that former Britain Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Government may have allegedly helped Indira Gandhi plan the attack on Golden Temple, and said that the military operation was planned and executed by the Indian army, without anyone's assistance.

"No assistance was taken from anyone. Operation Bluestar was planned and executed by the Indian Army. Is that a genuine document? It has to be probed by the government. The basis of the document must be investigated," he said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has directed his Cabinet Secretary to establish the facts behind claims that Thatcher's Government may have given assistance to Indira Gandhi in planning Operation Bluestar in 1984.

Cameron ordered an inquiry into this matter after newly released documents revealed that the Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) officials were supposedly dispatched to help India flush out Sikh militants from the Golden Temple. .

Labour MP Tom Watson and several Sikh groups have called on the Cameron government for a full probe into this matter.

Operation Blue Star was an Indian military operation, which was ordered by Indira Gandhi to remove separatist leader, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers who had taken shelter in the Golden Temple.

Five months after Operation Bluestar, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, in retaliation for the military attack on the holy shrine. (ANI)

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