February 8, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Leicester, United Kingdom (February 08, 2014): As per certain media reports Sikh groups in Leicester have criticized the Whitehall report which clears the British military of any direct involvement in the 1984 Amritsar Massacre.
A review into the incident was initiated by David Cameron last month after archive documents suggested that a British officer helped the Indian authorities with plans to launch armed offensive against Sikhs at Dabar Sahib (Amritsar).
On a statement made to British Parliament on February the 4th Foreign Secretary William Hague contests this, instead asserting that an unnamed British official had advised that “a military operation should only be put into effect as a last resort”.
These instructions however were not carried out by the soldiers who subsequently launched the raid.
Leicester Sikhs believe that important questions have been left unanswered.
Leicester Sikh Alliance member Raj Mann finds the report to be full of “shocking gaps and shortcomings”. His concerns relate to not only key evidence being destroyed but also of the enquires timeframe which he believes to be “very narrow”.
The Amritsar Massacre, termed Operation Blue Star, was an Indian military attack on Sikhs that took place during initial days of June 1984.
Surinder Pal Singh Rai said that Sikhs living in Britain were part of this country and it was horrifying to know that their country was part of such attack on their religious place.
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