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UK Opposition leader calls for ‘fresh’ Operation Blue Star probe


Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May looks on during her visit to Gandhi Smriti, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi on November 7, 2016. Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would become the ultimate free trade champion as she laid the groundwork on November 7 for a potential post-Brexit deal with India, the world's fastest growing major economy. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA

London: UK’s Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to British Prime Minister Theresa May calling for a “fresh, independent investigation” into Britain’s alleged involvement in the “appalling” Operation Blue Star in 1984.

Corbyn’s letter to Downing Street, dated January 4, follows what he describes as “significant representations” from a wide range of representatives from the British Sikh community demanding details of the full extent of the UK’s alleged role in the military action on Golden Temple in 1984.

“Given concerns regarding the effectiveness and integrity of the January 2014 review, I believe we must consider a fresh, independent investigation into this episode in British history.

“It is clear to me from my discussions with Sikh groups in the UK that there remains significant resentment that over the 30 years since this most appalling event, questions remain about the role which the UK played,” his letter reads.