WSO Calls on India to Hold Inquiry into 1984 Attack on Sri Darbar Sahib

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Ottawa:  In the wake of the British Government’s investigation into Britain’s role in advising India on planning the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) at Amritsar in 1984, the World Sikh Organization of Canada calls on the Government of India to conduct a similar inquiry into the attack and reiterates its call for the British Government to conduct a full parliamentary inquiry.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague revealed on Tuesday that Britain was consulted in the planning of the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib but its advice had limited impact and the British advice on how to avoid loss of life was ignored.

WSO Senior Vice President Kulmit Singh Sangha said, “The UK investigation has revealed the extent of the planning behind the 1984 attack on Sri Darbar Sahib but there are still too many unanswered questions.  While we believe that the UK Government should still conduct a full parliamentary inquiry, it has already done far more than the Indian government which has refused to be truthful about its motivations, its choice of tactics and the total number of casualties.  In the interest of justice, it is incumbent on the Government of India that it immediately conduct a transparent and thorough inquiry into the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib.”

WSO President Dr.  Amritpal Singh Shergill said, “It is clear that justice continues to elude the Sikh community 30 years after the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib. None of the Indian officers guilty of atrocities and murders have ever been brought to justice. The UK documents make it clear that three decades after the attack, the full truth has yet to be revealed and the Government of India has shown no desire to heal the wounds of the Sikh community.”