Mumbai: Lt General KS Brar, the Operation Bluestar hero who survived a bid on his life in London on Sunday, will resist any move by the government to relocate him, saying he finds Mumbai, his home of 20 years, "absolutely safe" and he cannot be treated like a "football".
The 78-year-old former General of the Indian Army does not want to lead the "life of a prisoner" and feels relocation is no answer to the threat to his life. "Yes, I will resist any attempt to relocate me. I cannot be treated like a football. I have been here for the last 20 years. I am 78 now and have few more years left. I have friends and family here," Brar said in an interview while responding to media reports that the Centre was planning to shift him to an undisclosed location.
"There is no threat to the place where I stay. What is a safer place than this, unless it is in the middle of a forest, or in a prison or in a war cell. I don't want to live a prisoner's life," the highly-decorated officer, who led the operation to flush out terrorists from the Golden Temple in 1984, said.
Brar said he would cut down on his movement but "never live in a cage". "Relocation is no answer (to threat to his life) as those who want to know where I am will get to know where I am," he said, adding he has not received any official communication from the government about plans to shift him from Mumbai to a more secure place.
On media reports that the attack on him was planned in Germany on June 6, the anniversary of 'Operation Bluestar', Brar claimed it was to take place in India. Brar, who was stabbed in the neck and cheek near Oxford Street in London on September 30 when he was walking down to his hotel with his wife, is convinced that the attackers were pro-Khalistan elements and they intended to kill him.