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British Sikh jailed for attack on retired Indian general

A Sikh man was jailed for 10 years in Britain on Friday for slashing the neck of the Indian general who oversaw the 1984 Amritsar Golden Temple assault. Retired lieutenant general Kuldip Singh Brar, 78, was attacked as he walked through the West End district of London with his wife Meena in September 2012. Lakhbir Singh, 26, was the fifth man to be sentenced for the attack after being convicted for grievous bodily harm with intent at Southwark Crown Court in London. A gang of three men and a woman were jailed in December for their role in the attack.

British man admits at Vancouver immigration hearing he once led Babbar Khalsa

VANCOUVER - A British man facing deportation from Canada admitted Wednesday at an immigration hearing that he once led the banned Sikh separatist group Babbar Khalsa in England. But Gurmej Singh Gill testified that his cause was always peaceful and lawful, and the British group was not linked to other Babbar Khalsa groups in various parts of the world. "I wanted the organization to abide by the British law and do whatever within the law," Gill said at the hearing in Vancouver, through a Punjabi interpreter.

Britain reveals it advised India on 1984 Golden Temple assault

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain secretly helped India plan a deadly assault on Sikh separatists holed up in the Golden Temple at Amritsar in 1984, the government said on Tuesday, saying London's influence was limited and there was therefore no need for an apology.

UK role in India Golden Temple assault 'very limited'

British military advice had a "very limited" impact on India's 1984 Amritsar Golden Temple assault that left 500 dead, a government investigation found on Tuesday. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the deadly raid on militants holed up in the northwest Indian temple in June 1984 was "entirely different" from plans suggested by an elite British military officer three months earlier. British advice had therefore only a "limited impact on the tragic events that unfolded at the temple", Hague said.

Britain says it advised India on 1984 Golden Temple attack

LONDON (Reuters) - Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday an official investigation had shown Britain did advise India on planning a deadly attack against Sikh separatists in the Golden Temple at Amritsar in 1984, but said its advice had limited impact. Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a review into the matter last month after newly released official papers suggested that Margaret Thatcher, then prime minister, had sent an officer from the elite SAS special air service to advise the Indians on the raid.

British Sikh MP pleads for Golden Temple truth

Britain's only Sikh lawmaker on Thursday told his fellow members of parliament that Sikhs wanted the full truth about London's involvement in India's 1984 Golden Temple assault. However, Conservative MP Paul Uppal urged lawmakers to stop trying to politicise the row over what happened 30 years ago on late Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher's watch. Current Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation by Britain's most senior civil servant to establish the facts, and has pledged to make the results public.

Britain says no evidence yet of SAS role in Golden Temple attack

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he had not so far seen any evidence that the government of Margaret Thatcher had helped India plan a deadly attack against Sikh separatists in the Golden Temple at Amritsar in 1984. Cameron ordered a review into the matter after newly released official papers suggested that Thatcher, then prime minister, had sent an officer in Britain's elite SAS special air service to advise the Indians on the raid.

Cricket: Pakistan ready to tour India for cricket revival

Pakistan's interim cricket chief Najam Sethi on Wednesday reiterated his stance to revive ties with arch-rivals India, saying his team was ready to go across the border. India stalled all bilateral ties with Pakistan in the wake of the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, which New Deli blamed on militants based in Pakistan. Pakistan toured India for a short limited overs series at the turn of this year (December-January) but that could not revive the ties, regarded as better than the Ashes played between Australia and England.

Sikhs jailed for London attack on Indian general

LONDON (Reuters) - Four Sikhs convicted of the revenge stabbing in London of an Indian general who had led a raid on Sikhism's holiest shrine in India were jailed in Britain on Tuesday, police said. Retired Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar, 78, was attacked by a gang and slashed in the neck as he was walking with his wife near the busy Oxford Street shopping area during a holiday in Britain in September last year. He was treated in hospital and discharged the next day.

Sikh gang jailed for London attack on Indian general

Four members of a Sikh gang which slashed the throat of the Indian general who oversaw the 1984 Amritsar Golden Temple assault were jailed by a British judge on Tuesday. Retired lieutenant general Kuldip Singh Brar, who is in his late 70s, was attacked as he walked through London's West End entertainment district with his wife Meena on September 30 last year. Two men and a woman were found guilty of wounding with intent to cause Brar grievous bodily harm at a two-week trial in July. A third man had admitted the charge in January.
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