Jeremy Corbyn promises full inquiry into Britain's role in 1984 assault on Golden Temple
By Barfi Culture Team
24th April 2018

The leader of the Labour party last night promised a full independent inquiry into Britain's role in the Indian government's assault on the Golden Temple in 1984.

Jeremy Corbyn said the commitment would be made in Labour's election manifesto and carried out if he was elected Prime Minister.

He was at an event organised by Sikhs For Labour in support of Jagtar Singh Dhinsa, who is standing for Mayor in Watford.

"You can be very sure, that whenever the election comes, it will be in the next manifesto... it's a commitment that's going to be there and we will honour that commitment," he told the audience.

Slough MP Tan Dhesi told Barfi Culture today that he welcomed the commitment.

"It was wonderful to see that in front of the sangat at the Gurdwara he once again reiterated that if there is a Labour government, we will hold an independent inquiry to establish the extent of the Margaret Thatcher government's involvement in the 1984 Amritsar attack."

He added: "On a personal level, I'm pleased he's the first leader of any political party to have put that into his manifesto. His record on human rights and speaking on the persecuted around the world is exemplary."

The Sikh Federation UK posted a video of Corbyn's remarks.

The background

In 2014, the UK government declassified some documents from 30 years ago that implied Britain assisted the Indian government in its assault on the Golden Temple (Sri Harminder Sahib).

The documents revealed this note:

"The Indian authorities recently sought British advice over a plan to remove Sikh extremists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The Foreign Secretary decided to respond favourably to the Indian request and, with the Prime Minister’s agreement, an SAD [sic] officer has visited India and drawn up a plan which has been approved by Mrs Gandhi. The Foreign Secretary believes that the Indian Government may put the plan into operation shortly."

But its not clear whether the UK did indeed send logistical or military support to the Indian government. And there were many more unanswered questions.

In 2014 David Cameron ordered an inquiry but its narrow scope was widely condemned by Sikh groups, who have since called for a full public inquiry into the matter.

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