Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and asked him to explain on Operation Bluestar if his family had deliberately attacked the Punjab’s Golden Temple in 1984 with the aim of destroying the symbol of Sikh faith.
In a statement, SAD General Secretary Bikram Majithia spoke about the recent disclosures by British Sikh MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi about the help extended by the UK government to then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to plan and execute Operation Bluestar on the Golden Temple complex.
“It has become clear that the aim was not to flush out militants as claimed. This could be done in many ways. But the manner in which the attack was carried out with foreign help using helicopter gunships and tanks indicate it was carried out deliberately to destroy the symbol of the Sikh faith,” Majithia was quoted by PTI.
Majithia said this was the reason why the Gandhi family had never offered an unqualified apology for the attack on the Sikh race.
“Rahul Gandhi has never expressed remorse, forget seeking forgiveness from the community for attacking their supreme religious places and butchering its members en masse in massacres engineered by his family members,” Majithia said as per PTI.
“Even now the Gandhi family was keeping a studied silence on the issue of seeking help from the UK government to attack the Golden Temple. After disclosures that a security adviser from the UK visited India and that those storming into the Darbar Sahib complex were given training by the UK`s elite SAS (special forces), the Gandhi family has not thought it fit to explain its actions.
“The family should apologise for seeking help to suppress Sikhs from the British who suppressed the country and butchered its freedom fighters. This amounts to disrespecting the freedom fighters also,” he added.
The Indian Army carried out Operation Bluestar in June 1984 to flush out terrorists from the Golden Temple complex.
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