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Operation Bluestar commander Lt Gen Brar attacked in London

New Delhi/London: Lt General (Retd) KS Brar, who led the Operation Blue Star against Sikh terrorists at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984, was attacked and injured in London.

Golden Temple in Amritsar. Reuters

The 78-year-old Brar, a Z-category protectee, was stabbed by four men outside a hotel in London, sources said, adding the former army man received minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

Later, he was discharged. It was not immediately confirmed who the attackers were.

Sources said that the military attache in the Indian High Commission in London has rushed to check on the decorated former military officer, known for leading the operations against Sikh terrorist holed up in Golden Temple, Amritsar, in 1984.

They said the incident took place at 0100 IST on Old Quebec Street near Hyde Park when he was out with his wife. The couple are in London on a private visit. Lt Gen Brar was attended by the London Ambulance Service (LAS).

The Scotland Yard said that investigations were continuing but no arrests had been made so far.

A Yard spokesman said, "Officers and LAS attended the scene and discovered a man, aged in his 70s, suffering from an injury believed caused by a knife."

"The man has been taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition - his injuries are not believed to be life threatening".

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 Lt Gen Brar, who has been on the hit-list of various extremists and militant organisations after his central role in Operation Blue Star in 1984.

The operation was aimed to flush out Sikh terrorists led by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale from the Golden Temple, who was demanding a separate state for Sikhs called Khalistan.

Gen Brar is a decorated soldier who saw action in the 1971 war with Pakistan. He was among the first to enter Dhaka to force the Pakistani army into surrender.

PTI