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MI-5 officials had visited Darbar Sahib before 1984 attack on request of Indira Gandhi’s adviser R N Kao

January 15, 2014 | By

Amritsar, Punjab (January 15, 2014): It is learnt that former R&AW officer B Raman who headed the so-called Sikh Extremists’ Division has also revealed in his book that officers of the British Security Service (MI-5) visited the Darbar Sahib, Amritsar (Golden Temple) to assess the ground situation before giving their advice to then Indian PM Indira Gandhi.

B. Raman, who authored the book, “The Kaoboys of R&AW” published in 2007 has revealed in his chapter “The Khalistani Terrorism” (Page 96) that on the request of R N Kao the then special adviser to Indian Prime Minister, the two officers of the British Security Service (MI-5) visited the Darbar Sahib as tourists and gave their advice to Indira Gandhi.

The revelations by British MP Tom Watson on the basis of the top-secret documents founded at British National Archives, which have now been made public has reinforced the disclosure made by former R&AW official.

Title page of book Kaoboys of R&AW

Making disclosures about B. Raman’s book Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said “One thing is now clear that British govt was engaged and their advise was sought and the latter did obliged. However, there is a grey area as to what they had advised and whether that advised was taken into account or just ignored by Indira Gandhi. All these puzzling questions needs crystal clear answers”.

Kanwar Pal Singh said while the British document is silent as to the advice given to the Indian government, the ex-R&AW officer has stated that British officers advised PM to be patient and avoid (army) action or use the police for it”. Raman has further said that even his boss Kao felt that it would be better to be patient instead of taking any precipitate action, which might prove counter-productive.

He reiterated that British PM David Cameron should clear the mess as the disclosure has shattered the Sikh Diaspora and they have felt backstabbed by the UK.

Kanwar Pal Singh is of the view that Raman’s revelations had nailed Indian government lies that the operation Bluestar became necessity as there were intelligence reports that “Pakistan forces were going to infiltrate in Punjab to help Sikh insurgents”.

Quoting from the book, he said, Raman had categorically stated that not a single Pakistani army mercenary-serving or retired- was found inside the temple. “The reports of the intelligence agencies in this regard were found to have been wrong”.

Dal Khalsa activist also took a dig at Gen (retd) K S Brar, who has denied any such advice from the foreign agency. He said Brar was issuing misleading statements as he was comparatively a low ranking official who were generally not taken into confidence while formulating such plans at highest level of the Government. He said Brar was chosen by Army top leadership only to operationalize the plan.

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