LONDON: A jury here on Wednesday convicted two Sikh men and a woman for attack on Lt Gen (retired) Kuldip Singh Brar, who led Operation Bluestar in 1984, here in September last year.
Brar, who was visiting Britain, was attacked in central London while he was walking back to his hotel with his wife Meena on September 30.
The attack was in revenge for his role in Operation Bluestar, carried out under his command to flush militants.
Lt gen Brar had suffered a 12-inch cut to his neck and jaw and another three-inch wound to his jaw.
The jury at Southwark Crown Court here found Mandeep Singh Sandhu (34), Dilbag Singh (37) and Harjit Kaur (39) guilty of attacking the retired army General to inflict bodily harm on him.
Another person Barjinder Singh Sangha has already pleaded guilty to his role in the attack.
They will be sentenced in September.
The jury said it was “a highly premeditated assault’’ to harm the General ” as he was returning to his hotel.
In a post-conviction statement, Mari Reid of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Counter Terrorism Division, said, “This was a violent and life threatening attack carried out by Sikh extremists on the streets of London’s West End. Lieutenant General Brar sustained deep cuts to his face and neck in full view of his wife near their hotel on Old Quebec Street.
“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,” Reid said.
“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.’’
A highly protected former officer, Lt Gen Brar was without his security when he went to Britain. He lives in a highly secured compound in Pune.