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Operation Blue Star hero attacked in UK

Operation Blue Star hero attacked in UK
Lt Gen. [Retd] K S Brar, who led the Operation Blue Star against Sikh militants in 1984, was attacked and injured in London on Monday. The 78-year-old Brar, who has a Z-category security cover, was stabbed by four men outside a hotel in London, the sources said, adding that the former army man received minor injuries and was taken to hospital. Later, he was discharged. The identity of the attackers was not immediately known.

Sources said that the military attache in the Indian High Commission in London has rushed to check on the decorated former military officer, known for leading the operations against Sikh militants holed up in the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.

They said that the incident took place at 0100 IST on Old Quebec Street near Hyde Park, when he was out with his wife. The couple are in London on a private visit.

The Scotland Yard said that investigations were continuing but no arrests had been made so far. A Yard spokesperson said: 'Officers and [the London Ambulance Service] attended the scene and discovered a man, aged in his 70s, suffering from an injury believed caused by a knife.'

Sources said that the external affairs minister S M Krishna, who is in New York, called up the Indian high commissioner J Bhagwati to know about the condition of Brar, who has been on the hit-list of various extremists and militant organisations after he played a central role in the Operation Blue Star.
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