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The Attack Was an Attempt to Assassinate Me: Gen Brar
Lt Gen K S Brar, who was assaulted by four people in central London on Sunday night, is convinced that it was an attempt to assassinate him by "pro-Khalistan elements" for his role in the 1984 "Operation Bluestar".

Brar, who kicked and fought three of the four assailants, suffered a knife wound in the neck and is recovering after receiving medical treatment at a London hospital soon after the attack near the busy Marble Arch area. He is due to return to India today.

"This was a pure assassination attempt on me. Even on Internet there are so many threats being sent to me to say that there have been many attempts on your life but they haven't succeeded, but the next one will succeed. They've been after me." Brar told a television channel last night.

"On 6th of June, which is the anniversary of Bluestar every year, particularly in London, the radical Sikhs come out in procession with banners and make pledges to kill me. So it was a pure assassination attempt," he said.

Brar said it was "obvious" that the assailants were Khalistan sympathisers, who, he added, wanted to kill him since "Operation Bluestar".

Describing the incident, the 78-year-old Brar said he fought with the assailants, with "abnormal strength", and added: "Now when I think back I can't imagine how I fought with those three big guys. But I suppose being a soldier and having been in the army for so many years, one learns to defend oneself".

One of the four assailants, he said, separated his wife from him, while the other three "went for me". His wife fell down when one of the assailants pushed her against the wall, he said.

Everything happened within a couple of minutes, "maybe one minute", he said.

The police, Brar said, had told him that a mobile phone had been recovered from the site of assault, which may lead them to the assailants.

The retired Lt General praised the police and hospital authorities who treated him after the assault.

Operation Bluestar was aimed at flushing out Sikh terrorists led by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale from the Golden Temple, who was demanding a separate state for Sikhs called Khalistan.

A decorated soldier, Brar saw action in the 1971 war with Pakistan, and was among the first to enter Dhaka when the Indian army forced Pakistani army into surrender.

General A S Vaidya who was the Army Chief in 1984 planned the highly controversial Operation Bluestar. Vaidya was shot dead in Pune in 1986.
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4/D-154
Oct 02, 2012
11:16 PM

"Londonistan" as it is sarcastically referred to by the French intelligence has long been a safe haven for radicals and extremists of every persuasion who are granted political asylum there.  When a national hero is attacked in the street by terrorists, the Indian government should take up the matter in the strongest possible terms with the British government.  There is no reason why Khalistanis, or indeed anybody from India, should be given political asylum in the UK.  Giving asylum indicates a negative view of the human rights record of the country to which the asylum seeker belongs, and giving asylum to Khalistanis is an insult to India.

Ali, Panchkula
3/D-107
Oct 02, 2012
07:47 PM

Sickening attack. Once again, Britain shows that is a hotbed of Sikh and Moslem terrorists and fundamentalists. 

Varun Shekhar, Toronto
2/D-93
Oct 02, 2012
06:02 PM

 Salute to General Kuldip Singh Brar. Its men like him who make India proud. The 3-4 cowards who attacked a 78 year old man should be ashamed of themselves.

Gurudev Shorey, Houston
1/D-72
Oct 02, 2012
01:45 PM

Khalistani terrorists are resurfacing all over the place. The so-called "memorial" for dead terrorists is giving fillip to their cause. The government should take notice.

The national party in bed with the political face of these terrorists must share some of the blame.

kishoredasmunshi, Kolkatta
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