Rubbishing a UK report of its Special Air Services’ (SAS) involvement in Indian Army’s Operation Blue Star in 1984 to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, former Lt Gen (Retd)
K S Brar, who led the offensive, on Wednesday trashed the British documents which claimed the then Margaret Thatcher government provided help in the military action, asking that its authenticity be verified.
As a row raged over reports in this regard from London, Brar said in Mumbai the whole operation was “planned and executed” by Indian military commanders and there was no foreign assistance to the Army in this connection.
“I am quite dumbfounded because the operation was planned and executed by military commanders in India. There is no question (of foreign involvement). We never saw anyone from UK coming in here and telling us how to plan the operation,” Brar said.
“I am not a politician. I don’t know what are the political motives of these letters coming out. I am a straightforward soldier and therefore can’t give any view besides the soldier’s view. I conducted the operation and no aid came in... It is obviously some mischief at some stage or the other. There was no aid given to us, no advice given to us, there was no representative from the UK government who came and met us to help us plan the operation,” said the 79-year-old.
The UK government has already announced a probe into the matter, to authenticate if British forces were involved in Blue Star.