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Operation Blue Star: Lt Gen KS Brar denies reports of UK assistance

New Delhi: Former Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar who led Operation Bluestar to flush militants from the Golden Temple in 1984 has rubbished claims that UK special forces advised and assisted the Indian. Speaking exclusively
India TV News Desk January 15, 2014 12:09 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Former Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar who led Operation Bluestar to flush militants from the Golden Temple in 1984 has rubbished claims that UK special forces advised and assisted the Indian.

Speaking exclusively to an international news channel, Lt Gen Brar, claimed that there was no question of Indian Army getting any foreign help in the raid on the Golden Temple to evict dissident Sikhs.

The row erupted after a UK MP claimed he possessed declassified documents dated February 1984 that reveal that Margaret Thatcher's government had aided India in the operation by sending in an advisor from the British SAS special forces.

The Operation Blue Star that was ordered by the then Indian PM Indira Gandhi to evict Sikh separatist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who demanded a separate state of Khalistan.

The operation was carried out in June 1984, when thousands of troops raided the Golden Temple in Amritsar, attacking the Sikh national shrine with tanks and helicopter gunships.

The Operation Blue Star is said to have killed over thousands of Sikhs, but according to the Indian government only 400 had been killed.