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Britain to lift turban ban at high-risk workplaces

London:  Britain is set to scrap a ban on turbans at high-risk workplaces next week, a move that some Sikh groups see as a “sweetener” to deal with the fallout of the Margaret Thatcher government's
PTI January 25, 2014 22:35 IST
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London:  Britain is set to scrap a ban on turbans at high-risk workplaces next week, a move that some Sikh groups see as a “sweetener” to deal with the fallout of the Margaret Thatcher government's alleged role in Operation Bluestar in 1984.

The Department for Work and Pensions is to announce that Sikhs will no longer be forced to wear hard hats inside factories and warehouses.

British Sikhs have complained about the law since it was introduced in 1989 as it allows them to wear turbans on building sites but has required hard hats in other high-risk areas.

However, some Sikh groups questioned the timing of the government's announcement, which coincides with an ongoing inquiry into Britain's alleged role in Operation Bluestar, the Indian Army's operation to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Documents recently declassified by the National Archives pointed to the Thatcher's collusion with her Indian counterpart Indira Gandhi in planning the raid on the Golden Temple.