In UK and India, the controversy over Operation Bluestar


Lieutenant General (retd) KS Brar after he was attacked in 2012

New Delhi:  Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley today asked the government to  respond to allegations that the British government secretly helped Indira Gandhi plan Operation Bluestar or the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984. (Explain foreign hand in planning Operation Bluestar, says Arun Jaitley)

Over 1,000 people were killed after troops entered Sikhism’s holiest shrine in Amritsar, Punjab, to flush out militants holed up there. Five months later, in retaliation, Mrs Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards.

Lieutenant General KS Brar, who headed the military operation, told NDTV, “As far as I am concerned, Operation Bluestar was planned and executed by Indian Army commanders. There was no involvement of anyone from the British government.”

But the UK government has said it  will investigate its involvement  after previously top-secret documents showed British elite forces played an advisory role.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague were hitherto unaware of the letters, which were released under the 30-year secrecy rule, a government spokeswoman said. (British PM orders probe into Labour MP’s claim that UK helped Indira Gandhi plan Operation Bluestar)

Recently de-classified documents released in the UK appear to reveal that Margaret Thatcher deputed a member of UK’s Special Air Services to India  to help in  planning the controversial operation….

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