Congress criticizes Parkash Badal's silence on attack on General Brar
October 3, 2012 - Chandigarh
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh criticized Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his silence on the attack of Lt General (retired) Kuldeep Singh Brar in London. The Lt General led the Operation Blue Star in 1984 to flush out the terrorists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar. He was stabbed near a hotel in Central London.
Amarinder Singh termed the silence of the Punjab Chief Minister as seditious and shocking. In a statement, Amarinder Singh said, "Badal's silence is just not criminal, it is seditious and betrays his moral cowardice. His silence simply amounts to approving the attack". The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal shot back saying that Amarinder, after realizing that Sikh masses are against the Operation Bluestar in 1984 went to the extent of resigning only to rejoin it after a few years.
The assassination attempt on Lt General Kuldeep Brar was the first major attack on an Indian public servant in Europe since the murder of diplomat Ravindra Mhatre in Birmingham in 1984. Kuldeep Brar is provided with a Z category security, and now government is facing questions if enough security was not provided to General Brar. The Home Ministry said that it wasn't informed about his travel plans.