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Labour Calls For Inquiry Into British Complicity With The Amritsar Massacre 02 Nov 2017 08:19 #4779

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NOV 2017 Thursday 2ND posted by Lamiat Sabin

SIKHS and Labour MPs have demanded an independent public inquiry into the alleged cover-up of the British military’s involvement in the 1984 massacre at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.
A report called Sacrificing Sikhs was launched yesterday at a meeting in Westminster held by Sikh Federation UK, where its author Phil Miller criticised the government for hiding “an awful lot” of information about the massacre and only releasing documents by accident.
Around 150,000 Indian army troops were ordered by Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi to the Sikh holy site — when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister — as part of a plan known as Operation Blue Star to remove Sikh separatists occupying the temple.
The precise death toll is still disputed with those killed estimated at around 400 by the Indian goverment and over 1,000 by Sikh investigators.
A number of top secret British government files from 1984 were declassified under the 30-year rule three years ago.
It was revealed by three letters that Ms Thatcher had sent an SAS special forces officer to Amritsar to advise the Indian authorities on how to remove Sikh dissidents months before the Indian army launched its attack, Mr Miller told attendees at the Commons.

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