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Apologise for Operation Bluestar Role by April 30, Sikh Group Tells UK

The US-based rights group Sikhs For Justice said it would file a complaint in the European Court of Human Rights against the UK for “aiding, abetting and being complicit” in Operation Bluestar if British Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t apologise by April 30.

Published: 07th February 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2014 01:13 AM   |  A+A-

The US-based rights group Sikhs For Justice said it would file a complaint in the European Court of Human Rights against the UK for “aiding, abetting and being complicit” in Operation Bluestar if British Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t apologise by April 30.

The group has demanded that Cameron issue a “parliamentary apology” acknowledging wrongdoing on the part of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “colluding with” her ICHANDIGARH:

ndian counterpart Indira Gandhi to attack the Golden Temple in 1984 . “If Cameron fails to issue a parliamentary apology by April 30, legal action will be initiated in the European Court of Human Rights against the UK for its complicity in the 1984 Army invasion of Golden Temple,” said the group’s attorney, Gurpatwant Singh Pannu.

“How can the British be so naive in concluding that their role in planning had ‘limited impact’ on the military action, when the 1984 attack resulted in the loss of lives of pilgrims who were visiting the Golden Temple to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev? The consequences of planning by the UK didn’t end with Operation Bluestar only, but continued for two decades, resulting in genocide of Sikhs,” he said.

Challenging the UK’s stand that it had no direct role in the attack, Pannu said: “Cameron should take the basic ‘Criminal Law - 101’ course and be clear that ‘aiding and abetting an action that resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent Sikh lives’ is actually the same crime as committing the massacre itself”. The rights group has initiated a Facebook campaign urging the Sikh community to email the British Premier, demanding an apology for the UK’s role in Operation Bluestar.



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