New Delhi: Following a goof-up leading to an assault on Lt Gen (retd) Kuldip Singh Brar, one of the main strategists of Operation Bluestar undertaken in 1984 to flush out militants from the Golden Temple, the Union Home Ministry has asked the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to do a complete audit of his security along with those of others who are on the hit list of terrorist groups.
Maintaining that neither Lt Gen Brar nor the Ministry of Defence had informed the Ministry of Home Affairs about his UK visit, top sources said, “Had we known about his visit abroad, we would have made security arrangements there.”
Sources said defence attaché was aware of Lt Gen Brar’s itinerary, which he always used to tell in advance as per the protocol. “We still do not know whether the defence attaché informed the local authorities in London about Lt Gen Brar’s visit. Prior intimation is given in cases where there is a threat to a person and local authorities are supposed to draw up their security plan as countries like UK, besides SPG protectees, don’t allow people to move around with security umbrella provided here at home,” sources said.
On the hit list of terrorist groups like Babbar Khalsa International, Brar has been given Z-category security at home that allows him to move with security commandos and escort vehicles.