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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

KS Brar assailant jailed for 10 years in England

Prasun Sonwalkar PTI , Hindustan Times  London, March 22, 2014
First Published: 08:34 IST(22/3/2014) | Last Updated: 01:54 IST(23/3/2014)

Lakhbir Singh, who was part of the group that attacked and inflicted serious injuries on Lt Gen KS Brar (retd) here in September 2012 and was extradited to Britain after surrendering to the Italian police last month, has been jailed for 10 years.

After the sentencing on Friday, Duncan Ball, head of the Counter Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan police, said: “The conviction of Lakhbir Singh now means that all those directly involved in the attempt to assassinate General Brar have been brought to justice”.

General Brar, who was on a visit to London, was attacked on Old Quebec Street on the evening of 30 September 2012 near the busy Marble Arch area in  central London while walking with his wife.

On December 10,  2013, four of his assailants were sentenced: Mandeep Singh Sandhu, 34, of Birmingham (for 14 years), Dilbag Singh, 37 (for 14 years), and Harjit Kaur, 39, (for 11 years) both from London, and Barjinder Singh Sangha, 33, (for 10 years and six months) of Wolverhampton.

 Lakhbir Singh, 26, was sentenced at the Southwark Crown Court to 10 years jail for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. He had surrended to the police in Ascoli, Italy, and was arrested on 19 February 2014, by Italian authorities in connection with the attack on General Brar. He was subsequently extradited to Britain.

During the investigation a total of 15 people - 13 men and two women - were arrested at locations in London and the West Midlands.

Apart from Lakhbir Singh and the four jailed on 10 December 2013, all the others who were arrested were subsequently released with no further police action.

The attack
Gen Brar, who was on a visit to London, was attacked on Old Quebec Street on the evening of 30 September 2012 near the busy Marble Arch area in central London while walking with his wife.

On December 10,  2013, four of his assailants were sentenced: Mandeep Singh Sandhu (for 14 years), Dilbag Singh (for 14 years), and Harjit Kaur (for 11 years) and Barjinder Singh Sangha, (for 10 years and six months)


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