Operation Blue Star

  • 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star 06-06-2014 11:21 AM

    Amritsar: Billboards welcome tourists on roads leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest place for Sikhs. It is a symbol of peace and it is always festive here. But it was not so three decades back. On June 6, 1984, the area near the Golden Temple was under...
  • Sword fight breaks out between Golden Temple task force workers, several injured 06-06-2014 11:03 AM

    Amritsar: Clashes broke out within the Golden Temple premises in Amritsar between two groups on the 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star on Friday. The sword fight broke out between Golden Temple task force workers and supporters of SAD MP Simranjeet Singh Mann. Several people have been injured in the...
  • 30 years of Operation Blue Star: Chilling black and white photos of the day the Indian Army stormed the Golden Temple 03-06-2014 12:04 PM

    Thirty years ago, on this day (June 3, 1984) the Indian Army entered the holiest place for the Sikhs, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, to flush out militants led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. Operation Blue Star was a military operation ordered by Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, to remove...
  • The legacy of Operation Blue Star 03-06-2014 11:20 AM

    It was May 1989. I was sitting in the drawing room of one of the sprawling bungalows on Sansad Marg, New Delhi. At the home of my father's mentor and family relative, a Sikh, a serving Major General (name withheld). When the news on the television ended, the General turned...
  • Amarinder Singh accuses BJP of double standards on Blue Star issue 25-03-2014 07:23 PM

    Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Amarinder Singh on Tuesday accused BJP nominee Arun Jaitley of having "double standards" on the issues of Operation Blue Star and setting up a Blue Star Memorial for those who died within the precincts of the Golden Temple here. "You can't run with...
  • Journey of the Nehru-Gandhi family 16-01-2014 08:19 PM

    New Delhi: Indian National Congress was founded in 1885 and in the following decades the party became the pivot of the Indian Independence Movement. After Independence in 1947, it became the nation's dominant political party. Congress leader Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of India and remained a central...
  • No evidence of British role in Operation Bluestar yet: Cameron 15-01-2014 10:59 PM

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said there was no evidence so far to suggest that elite British special forces played a role in the 1984 Operation Bluestar to flush out Sikh militants holed up in the Golden Temple. "I don't want to prejudge the outcome, but I would...
  • Lt Gen KS Brar's attackers sentenced by British court 10-12-2013 06:56 PM

    Three Sikh men and a woman convicted of carrying out a revenge attack on Lt Gen (retd) KS Brar, the hero of the 1984 Operation Blue Star, were sentenced from 10-and half years to 14 years in prison by a British court on Tuesday. The pro-Khalistani supporters had tried to...
  • Use of army to curb insurgency in Punjab was not necessary: KPS Gill 18-11-2013 10:32 AM

    Tezpur: Army should not have been used in anti-insurgency operations in Punjab and Assam as it created mistrust between security forces and civil society, former Director General of Police KPS Gill said on Sunday. "Operation Blue Star in Punjab and Operation Bajrang in Assam were not necessary," Gill said. "The...
  • Bhindranwale was Indira Gandhi's creation: BJP 25-10-2013 12:11 AM

    BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, on Thursday, alleged here that Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi was trying to get sympathy by referring to violent deaths of his father and his grandmother and that Sikh militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who had led the Khalistan movement, was "Indira Gandhi's creation". Rahul had accused BJP...
  • UK: 3 Sikhs convicted of attacking Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar 31-07-2013 10:55 PM

    London: Three members of a Sikh gang, including a woman, were on Wednesday convicted of slashing the throat of Lt Gen (retd) Kuldip Singh Brar, the hero of the 1984 Operation Blue Star, in London in 2012. Brar, 78, was attacked as he walked with his wife Meena, in Old...
  • Two more arrested over attack on Lt Gen Brar 23-11-2012 11:49 AM

    London: British Police have arrested two more persons, including a woman, in connection with the assassination attempt in London on Lt Gen (retd) KS Brar, the hero of the 1984 Operation Blue Star. Brar, 78, on a private visit, was returning to his hotel with his wife when he was...
  • Govt to provide security to Operation Blue Star veterans 11-10-2012 04:26 PM

    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...
  • UK: One more arrested in connection with attack on Brar 10-10-2012 08:22 PM

    London: A 29-year-old man was arrested here on Wednesday in connection with the attack on Lt Gen KS Brar, the Operation Blue Star hero, taking to three the total number of persons in custody in the case. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said "a further arrest has been made...
  • Attackers of Brar to be brought to justice: Britain 07-10-2012 12:48 PM

    New Delhi: Britain has assured India of its determination to bring the perpetrators of attack on retired Lt General KS Brar to justice and said it will continue updating Indian officials about the investigations in the case. In a letter to External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, British Secretary of State...
  • Attack on Lt Gen Brar: 11 more arrested in London 05-10-2012 07:30 PM

    London: Eleven more people were arrested in London on Friday in connection with the stabbing of retired Lieutenant General KS Brar, taking the total number in police custody to 15. Brar is known for leading leading 'Operation Blue Star' 28 years ago to flush out pro-Khalistani militants from the Golden...
  • 4 arrested in connection with attack on Lt Gen KS Brar 05-10-2012 03:54 AM

    London: Four persons, including a woman, have been arrested in London in connection with the stabbing of retired Lieutenant General KS Brar, who had led 'Operation Blue Star' 28 years ago to flush out pro-Khalistani militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab. The four persons, including a woman, were...
  • Attack on Brar was planned in Germany: Sources 03-10-2012 06:19 PM

    New Delhi: In the latest development in connection with the attack on Operation Blue Star hero Lt General KS Brar in London, sources have said that it was planned on June 6 in Germany. According to sources, the attack was planned at a meeting of radical Sikh outfits in Germany...
  • Lt Gen Brar did not inform about London trip: MHA 03-10-2012 03:13 PM

    New Delhi: Operation Blue Star hero Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar returned to India on Wednesday but questions are now arising on whether the government did not provide enough security to him on his trip to London. The Home Ministry now has said it wasn't informed about his travel plans...
  • Operation Blue Star hero Lt Gen KS Brar returns to India 03-10-2012 01:58 PM

    Mumbai: Retired Lt General KS Brar, who led Operation Blue Star in 1984, returned to Mumbai from London on Wednesday, two days after being attacked. Lt Gen Brar was attacked by four men with a knife in London. The Home Ministry is expecting reports from the External Affairs Ministry and...
  • Lt General Brar to return from London today 03-10-2012 08:48 AM

    New Delhi: Retired Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar who commanded Operation Blue Star is expected to return home two days after he was attacked with a knife by unknown assailants in London. The Home Ministry is expecting reports from the External Affairs Ministry and RAW on the investigation. The Home...
  • Lt Gen Brar assailants had 'long beards': Police 02-10-2012 04:32 AM

    London: Scotland Yard has appealed for information from members of the public on the Sunday night assault on Lt General KS Brar, and described the four assailants as wearing dark clothing, long black jackets and having "long beards". Stating that detectives were keeping an open mind on the motivation behind...
  • It was an assassination attempt on me: Lt Gen Brar 01-10-2012 11:17 PM

    London: Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar, who was attacked in London on Sunday night, has claimed that it was an assassination attempt on him. "There were lot of hate messages on net, there were online threats against me. There were pledges to kill me," said Brar, who is known for...
  • UK: Army officer who led Operation Blue Star attacked 01-10-2012 08:14 PM

    London: Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar, who led the Operation Blue Star against Sikh terrorists in 1984, was attacked and injured with a sharp-edged weapon outside a hotel in London at around 10 pm on Sunday night. He is reported to be out of danger now. The incident took place...
  • Operation Blue Star Memorial under watch: Govt 13-07-2012 06:10 PM

    Chandigarh: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the Centre was keeping a close watch on the situation in Punjab in the wake of a move to set up a memorial in Golden Temple for those killed during Operation Blue Star. The Home Minister said that the Centre was...
  • Operation Blue Star memorial worries Centre 10-06-2012 12:20 PM

    New Delhi: The move to set up a memorial for those killed during 'Operation Blue Star' in Golden Temple has set the alarm bells ringing as the Home Ministry fears that it could resurrect militancy in Punjab. Official sources said the Ministry is keenly watching the developments in Punjab where...
  • Operation Blue Star memorial 'anti-national': BJP 08-06-2012 02:52 AM

    New Delhi: The BJP, which is part of the ruling alliance in Punjab, on Wednesday opposed the construction of Operation Blue Star memorial in Amritsar by radical sikhs, terming it "anti-national" and asked people to move forward and not be distracted. While senior BJP leader Balbir Punj termed the move...
  • Controversy erupts over Akalis' honour to militants 06-06-2012 11:50 PM

    Chandigarh: The Akalis have sparked off a controversy on the 28th anniversary of Operation Blue Star by raising a memorial for militants killed in the operation and honouring former chief minister Beant Singh's assassin Balwant Singh Rajoana. The memorial inside the Golden Temple complex glorifies militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale...