Lt Gen KS Brar, who led Operation Blue Star, stabbed in UK

The man who led Operation Blue Star, Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar was stabbed in London on Monday.

Updated: Oct 02, 2012, 00:02 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The man who led Operation Blue Star, Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar was stabbed in central London on Sunday night.

Gen Brar was returning to his hotel from a dinner along with his wife. A television channel quoted her as saying that three bearded men attacked and tried to slash his throat. But she would not jump to the conclusion that they were Sikhs.

He was rushed to a hospital from where he was discharged today after a surgery and his wounds were stitched.

Sources said the incident took place at 0100 IST on Old Quebec Street near Hyde Park. The couple are in London on a private visit. Gen Brar was attended by the London Ambulance Service (LAS).

The Military Attache in the Indian High Commission in London visited the hospital on Monday and enquired about the condition of the decorated officer.

Scotland Yard told PTI that investigations were on but no
arrests had been made so far.

Sources said External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, who is in New York, called up the Indian High Commissioner J Bhagwati to know about the condition of Gen Brar.

Gen Brar is a decorated soldier who had seen action in the 1971 war with Pakistan. He was among the first to enter Dhaka when the Indian army forced Pakistani Army into surrender.

The retired Army officer had led the operation against Sikh militants holed up inside the Golden Temple in 1984. The militants led by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale had been demanding a separate state for Sikhs called Khalistan. Bhindrawale was killed in the operation. However, several soldiers were also killed in the counter attack by terrorists.

Though the operation was successful, it upset a section of the Sikh community and led to the assasination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Gen Brar was on the hit-list of many Sikh militant groups and had Z category security. It was not not also clear whether he had security in London.

General AS Vaidya who was the Army Chief in 1984 planned the highly Operation Blue Star.

In 1986 Vaidya was shot dead in Pune.

Gen Brar wrote a book called `Operation Bluestar: The True Story`.

With PTI inputs