Vastavam web: A new report by a British Sikh group has called for an independent public inquiry into the exact nature of the UK government’s assistance to the Indian Army during the 1984 Operation Blue Star, describing a previous internal review as a “whitewash”.’Sacrificing Sikhs: The need for an investigation’, to be officially launched in the UK Parliament complex, has been produced by Sikh Federation UK and backed by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Sikhs.”The British government, knowing full well of the contribution Sikhs made during both the First and Second World Wars, betrayed their trust and are indirectly involved in the persecution of thousands of Sikhs,” she said.
She said the report, commissioned by the Sikh Federation, had unearthed facts that cannot simply be ignored and require further investigation.”India requested British training and equipment for its police para-military units immediately after the SAS officer had advised on coordinating para-military units for an attack on Amritsar. The Foreign Office wanted to supply India with internal security equipment that it knew could be used to raid Amritsar,” it claims.
The report, based on archival UK government documents, adds that immediately after the SAS officer carried out his “reconnaissance” of Amritsar with an Indian special forces unit, Sikhs pulled out of peace talks claiming they had seen a commando unit move into the city.British involvement in the Army operation against extremists inside Golden Temple first emerged in January 2014 with the release of documents under the UK’s 30-year declassification rule.
Then Prime Minister David Cameron commissioned the Heywood Review in the immediate aftermath, which concluded that the UK’s involvement was purely advisory.Miller, the author of the latest report, claims the UK government is hiding almost a third of historic files that could shed light on SAS involvement in the Indian para- military operation.Opposition Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who had written to Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this year calling for “a fresh, independent investigation into this episode in British history” is planning to reiterate his stance in another letter to Downing Street in the wake of the latest report.
Bhai Amrik Singh, chair of the Sikh Federation UK, said: “This report casts serious doubts on the adequacy and integrity of the in-house Heywood Review commissioned by Cameron. There has been a massive cover-up and Parliament and the public have been disturbingly misled.