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LONDON: Four British Sikhs, who were convicted in July of deadly assault on Gen Kuldeep Singh Brar – the man who supervised Operation Bluestar in 1984 – were on Tuesday jailed for different terms by a court here.
While Mandeep Singh Sandhu (34) from Birmingham and Dilbag Singh (37) from London got 14 years, Harjit Kaur (39) of London got 11 years and Barjinder Singh Sangha (33) of Wolverhampton got ten and a half years.
The Southwark Crown Court heard how Harjit Kaur watched the movements of Gen Brar and his wife and informed three others who travelled to London on Sept 28-29 last year to assault Gen Brar to avenge the attack on the Golden Temple.
They attacked Gen Brar, 78, as he and his wife Meena, 68, were walking on Old Quebec Street in the busy central London area of Marble Arch on the night of September 30, 2012.
The court heard how Sangha first pinned down Meena while the three others attacked Gen Brar and then slashed Gen Brar’s neck with a knife, inflicting severe cut to his throat. The attackers fled in panic as Gen Brar was taken to a London hospital.
Mari Reid of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Counter Terrorism Division called it a “life threatening attack,’’ adding that “Lieutenant General Brar was targeted in a highly planned and pre-meditated attack. Harjit Kaur was instrumental in carrying out reconnaissance of the area and followed the Brars around London. The couple was set upon in what was a swift, effective and terrifying ambush; Sandhu and Singh held Lieutenant General Brar down as Sangha slashed at his neck with a knife. The group clearly targeted Lieutenant General Brar in revenge for his actions during his military career and today’s convictions are another reminder that the UK will not tolerate extremism of any kind.”
Gen Brar gave his testimony via video during the trial.
The Counter Terrorism Command of the London Metropolitan police had initially picked up 15 people from the city and the West Midlands after the attack.