January 15, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (January 15, 2014): According to certain media reports India has sought information from Britain regarding reports that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government had helped Indira Gandhi and the Indian state in plan of June 1984 attack on Darbar Sahib to crush Sikh political dissent in Punjab.
“We have seen these reports in newspapers. We have sought information from the UK government in this regard and without factual information I cannot comment further,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India (PTI).
, Kuldip Brar, a former military officer who led an offensive against Sikhs in Darbar Sahib said an interview with a local TV channel that he was quite dumbfounded because the attack was planned and executed by military commanders in India.
“We never saw anyone from UK coming in here and telling us how to plan the operation,” he said.
It is notable that certain declassified documents have revealed that Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS) officials had been dispatched to help India plan the military offensive at the Darbar Sahib Amritsar.
Labor Member of Parliament Tom Watson Monday demanded an explanation from British government after the documents were declassified saying Thatcher had authorized SAS to help the Indian government to plan the operation.
There are reports that UK Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a probe into the matter.
It may be recalled that Indian government led by Indira Gandhi had ordered attack on Darbar Sahib (Amritsar, Punjab) and dozens other Sikh Gurdwaras in Punjab and adjoining states. Indian army had destroyed the physical structure of Akal Takht Sahib with tank shots during this attack and Sikh National Library situated within Darbar Sahib Complex was reduced to ashes. A TV documentary prepared by Kanwar Sandhu, aired by Day and Night News (DNN) last June, confirmed that Indian army killed many Sikhs in cold blood after capturing them during that attack.
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