February 2, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
London/ New Delhi (February 02, 2014): It is learnt that UK’s Labour Party MP Tom Watson said on February 01 that he wanted “an urgent statement” from the UK government in the House of Commons on Monday (February 03) after an India Today magazine story revealed how then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi almost gave the go-ahead to a covert RAW operation to abduct/ kidnap Sikh leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale months before she sent the Army into the Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) in June 1984.
According to India Today: “[i]n an email, Watson said that in light of the India Today story, he was going to write to the Foreign Secretary demanding an urgent statement in the House of Commons on Monday”.
It may be recalled that recently declassified UK’s Top Secret documents under thirty years rule revealed the involvement of British special forces in the planning of armed attack on Darbar Sahib in 1984.
After the revelations the British prime minster David Cameron asked Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood to conduct the investigation after documents declassified suggested a British special forces officer advised the Indians on carrying out the attack.
MP Tom Watson, besides some other British lawmakers, had been raising the issue in the House of Commons, demanding full disclosure of the issue.
The Sikh organizations of UK recently lobbied with the UK MPs on this issue.
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