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'Bluestar revelation had shocked Indians in UK'

The alleged advice, though 'limited', by the British government to the Indian government before Operation Bluestar, as revealed after declassification of classified documents, had shocked the Indian community and the report tabled in parliament had failed to satisfy all the questions.

punjab Updated: Feb 15, 2014 09:49 IST
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The alleged advice, though 'limited', by the British government to the Indian government before Operation Bluestar, as revealed after declassification of classified documents, had shocked the Indian community and the report tabled in parliament had failed to satisfy all the questions.


Seema Malhotra, Labour Party MP from Feltham and Heston said this while talking to newsmen here on Friday.

She, along with David Liliot, deputy British high commissioner at Chandigarh, was here on a visit to the city to explore new avenues for strengthening Indo-British relations.

"With the revelations, sentiments of all Indians, particularly Sikhs, were hurt badly. Though foreign secretary William Hague had submitted in parliament that Britain's role was 'limited' and 'purely advisory' and had little impact on the assault, but still there are many questions that remain to be answered," Malhotra said.

"The government had initiated open dialogues with the community members to regain the confidence of the Sikhs, who had developed a feeling of being let down. Everyone in the UK had felt that it was a tragic incident. It is a matter of consideration now that whether the statements of the British officials involved in the matter have been taken on record or not," she added.

Liliot, who was appointed deputy high commissioner at Chandigarh in May 2013, to have greater and interaction with the people from the northern India, said that the British government would assure that the matter was taken to a logical closure by answering all the queries of the Sikhs and other members of the Indian community in the UK.

"The enquiry was immediately marked by the government and the need of open dialogues with community members was fully recognised in the report tabled and we are working on it with sincerity," he said.

Though foreign secretary Hague had termed the role 'limited' and 'purely advisory' and having little impact, but still there are many questions that remain to be answered
Seema Malhotra, Labour Party MP from Feltham and Heston