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Op Bluestar will be taken up with UK counterparts: MEA

chandigarh Updated: Jan 14, 2014 17:40 IST
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Reacting to the claims that former Britain Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government may have allegedly helped Indira Gandhi plan Operation Bluestar in 1984, ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday said that this matter would be taken up with their UK counterparts.

"We have seen these news reports in newspapers and other forms of media about this issue. At this stage, we do not have any other information other than news reports. This is a matter which we will now take it up with our UK counterparts and seek information from them," he said.

"At this stage, I have nothing further to say, except these are purely reports in the media, and no factual information has been shared with us so far," he added.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has directed his cabinet secretary to establish the facts behind claims that Thatcher's government may have given assistance to Indira Gandhi in planning Operation Bluestar in 1984.

Cameron ordered an inquiry into this matter after newly released documents revealed that the Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) officials were supposedly dispatched to help India flush out Sikh militants from the Golden Temple, in which more than 1,000 people were killed.

Labour MP Tom Watson and several Sikh groups had called on the Cameron government for a full probe into this matter.

Operation Blue Star was an Indian military operation, which was ordered by Indira Gandhi in order to remove separatist leader, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers who had taken shelter in the Golden Temple.

Five months after Operation Bluestar, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, in retaliation for the military attack on the holy shrine.