New Delhi: Alarmed by the attack on Lt Gen (retd) KS Brar in London and the widespread condemnation of it, the Centre on Thursday decided to provide security to all the veterans of Operation Blue Star. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after a security review meeting on Thursday also took the decision of continuing category Z security to Lt Gen Brar.
Brigadier (retd) Israr Rahim Khan, who led the assault on the terrorists’ hideout in the Golden Temple, will also be provided security. Brigadier Khan had said his security was withdrawn and that he was forced to move out of the army cantonment in Delhi to a private house in Noida. Sources say the Home Ministry will provide security to Brigadier Khan immediately.
Brar, 78, who had led 'Operation Blue Star' in 1984 to flush out pro-Khalistan militants from the Golden Temple, was on a private visit here when he was attacked by four men, suspected to be Khalistan sympathisers, while he was returning to his hotel with his wife. He suffered a wound on his neck and cheek but his wife was not injured in the attack. Brar has since returned to India.
In a controversial move the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday honoured the killers of former Army Chief General AS Vaidya in the Golden Temple, calling the Khalistani terrorists Sikh martyrs. Even as a debate is raging over the raising of a Blue Star memorial in Amritsar and the attack on Operation Blue Star commander Lieutenant General (retired) KS Brar in London, the commemorative ceremony held inside the Golden Temple premises by the SPGC has come as a shock to those involved in eliminating terrorism from Punjab.