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UK involvement in Operation Bluestar minimal: Barker

February 07, 2014 16:56 IST

British minister Greg Barker on Friday said that Britain's involvement in Operation Bluestar in 1984 was minimal.

"I was a young boy then. But the United Kingdom’s involvement in Operation Bluestar was not substantial but minimal", Barker, minister for business engagement with India, energy and climate change, told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar in Kolkata.

"It is domestic matter for India and it remains that way," he said.

Then prime minister Indira Gandhi launched Operation Bluestar to flush out Khalistani terrorists from the GoldenTemple in Amritsar. On Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague had said in a statement before the House of Commons that the United Kingdom’s role in Operation Blue Star in June 1984 was limited to military advice as sought by the Indian government in February of that year on Indian contingency plans for an operation against militants who were occupying the Sri Harmandir Sahib.

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