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Indian general stabbed in London

  • An Indian general who led the 1984 Operation Blue Star on Sikh militants in northern India’s Amritsar city has been stabbed in London.

    Lt-Gen Kuldeep Singh Brar sustained serious injuries after being attacked by four men close to central London’s busy Oxford Street on Sunday night.

    After spending the night in hospital, he was released the following day.

    “Police were called at approximately 10.40pm (BST) to Old Quebec Street to attend to a man who had been assaulted. Officers and ambulance discovered a man in his 70s suffering from injuries caused by a knife,” a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed.

    A case of attempted murder has been opened though no arrests have yet been made.

    Brar, a Z-category protectee, is believed to still be a target for extremist Sikhs. He and his wife were on a private visit to London and he was without security.

    He is reported to have fought back against his assailants, who were bearded, according to his wife.

    Brar's Operation Bluestar aimed to flush out Sikh militants led by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale from the Golden Temple, who was demanding an independent state for Sikhs called Khalistan.

    The raid left around 1,000 people dead.