London: The charge in the attack on Lt General (Retired) Kuldip Singh Brar has been downgraded from 'attempt to murder' to 'intent to cause grievous bodily harm'. The charge has been downgraded since the injuries were not life threatening. Two men have been charged in the case. One of them also charged with common assault on Lt Gen Brar's wife.
Lt gen Brar, who had led 'Operation Blue Star' in 1984 to flush out terrorists from the Golden Temple, was stabbed in an attack by four unidentified men in Old Quebec Street near Oxford Street in London last week. Following the attack, he was taken to hospital with a neck wound and has since been discharged.
Brar was on a private visit when he was attacked by the four men, suspected to be Khalistan sympathisers. Brar's wife, who was present at the time of the attack, was not injured. The four men who attacked Brar were described as being of Asian appearance, all with long beards, and were wearing dark clothing and long black jackets.
Brar has since left London and is in Mumbai. Twelve arrests have also been made in connection with the attack and of these, barring three men, the Scotland Yard has released on bail nine persons, including two women.
(With additional information from PTI)