UK's advice to India before temple raid 'had limited impact'

A Government investigation has concluded that British military advice to the Indian authorities ahead of the Golden Temple raid in 1984 had only a "limited impact" on the operation which resulted in a massacre of Sikh dissidents, William Hague said.

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Sikh Federation: Amritsar review too narrowly focused

The chairman of the Sikh Federation wrote a letter to the Prime Minister in which he said he was "hugely disappointed" by the 1984 Amritsar massacre inquiry's "narrow terms".

We are dismayed the terms of the review were only formally made available almost three weeks after the review was announced and only days before an announcement of the results of the review are expected in Parliament.

It appears the review has looked at a narrow period and not covered the period in the latter half of 1984 and may not have addressed some of the concerns raised by UK politicians in the last three weeks, e.g. threat of sanctions by India against the UK, Germany, Canada and USA towards the end of 1984 for sympathising with Sikhs in the Diaspora.

From the outset you have emphasised the need for transparency, but the significant delay in sharing the terms and that they appear to have been changed for political reasons does not bode well with such assertions and your emphasis on the speed of the review.

– Bhai Amrik Singh, chairman of the Sikh Federation

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