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Government should tell the truth on Operation Bluestar: Jaitley

New Delhi: Asking the government to tell the truth on Operation Bluestar, BJP leader Arun Jaitley Tuesday said British documents claiming they were onsulted lends credence to the fact that the then Indian government did
IANS January 15, 2014 11:00 IST
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New Delhi: Asking the government to tell the truth on Operation Bluestar, BJP leader Arun Jaitley Tuesday said British documents claiming they were onsulted lends credence to the fact that the then Indian government did not believe in tackling the problem in the initial stages.

"If British government was being consulted in February 1984, it only lends credence to the fact that government of India neither believed in nipping the problem at the initial stage nor in exploring alternative methods of evacuating the extremists from the Golden Temple," Jaitley said in an article on his Facebook page.

Operation Bluestar was an Indian military operation ordered by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in order to remove Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers from the Sikhs' holiest shrine - the Golden Temple in Amritsar city.

Over 1,000 people were killed after troops entered the shrine.

Jaitley alleged that the then Indian government "wanted to invade the sacred precincts of the Golden Temple no matter even if it hurt the national interest and certainly the interests of the Sikhs".