Dal Khalsa writes to Cameron, seeks details of the secret deal
Expressing it concern over the startling revelations as to how the then UK government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher helped Indian government to attack Golden Temple in June 1984, the Dal Khalsa wrote a letter to Britain Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.Updated: Jan 14, 2014 15:47 IST
Expressing it concern over the startling revelations as to how the then UK government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher helped Indian government to attack Golden Temple in June 1984, the Dal Khalsa wrote a letter to Britain Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.
The letter written by party's spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh has been sent through, British Embassy high commissioner at New Delhi.
It reads: "The news report about the secret document from British National Archives revealing the UK government collaborating with Indian government to plan the attack has shattered the Sikhs from within. The Sikh Diaspora is deeply hurt and the news has left them numbed".
Kanwar Pal Singh said the document reveals that India sought support to which the UK government obliged. However it is silent as to what extent and in what shape the support and succor was provided. The letter has sought details of the secret deal, urging the UK PMto give crystal clear statement on the issue.
The letter further reads: UK is regarded as the cradle of democracy. Sikhs expect that in the highest traditions of democracy, the UK government will not hide any facet of their direct or indirect involvement in planning the attack and suppressing the Sikhs during and after 1984.
He said, "Thirty years after the attack, Sikhs are shocked to hear that UK sided with perpetrators of the attack. Sikhs feel cheated as they had trusted the United Kingdom in their pursuit for justice and freedom. Tens of thousands of Sikhs have made UK their permanent home and contributed a lot in the overall development of their country"
However, he said it would be ungrateful on the part of Sikhs to deny that the successive UK governments have not provided them space and freedom to air their dissenting views and voice their concerns on rights violations.
First Published: Jan 14, 2014 15:39 IST