City Sikhs want justice for 'massacre'

MEMBERS of a Glasgow Sikh temple have called for justice for the hundreds of their fellow believers killed in a 1984 massacre in India - after it emerged that the UK Government might have been involved.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

Previously secret documents released recently following the lapse of the 30 year rule indicate that a British officer helped the Indian authorities come up with a plan to remove Sikh separatists from the city of Amritstar's Golden Temple, the religion's holiest site.

The files also the show that figures at the top of the British Government - including Margaret Thatcher - were aware of the possible involvement.

It is not known whether plans drawn up were actually used.

The Indian government's operation saw hundreds of Sikhs killed but the death toll is still disputed, with the officials claiming 400 died and Sikhs saying it was over 1000.

Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to the documents this week by setting up an inquiry.

Sikhs from the Glasgow Gurdwara have welcomed these moves but say the revelations come 30 years too late.

Surinder Singh, president of Gurdwara Guru Granth Sahib, on Albert Drive in the South Side, has written to the PM calling for the full facts of the massacre to be exposed.

Mr Singh said: "I am shocked at what these documents reveal and am extremely agitated at the thought that the British Government and its agencies could have played a part in the eventual massacre, .

"This is and will remain one of the darkest episodes for the Republic of India and is a clear instance of grave human rights abuses committed under the auspices of the State.

He added: "2014 is the 30th anniversary of this atrocity, and still the story is incomplete."

Block list

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

148430

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

James needs a sit down and Edward Scissorhands pierces my heart.

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

Take a bow Glasgow you’re the real star

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.