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#BLUESTAR: General Kuldeep Singh Brar attackers jailed

Four people convicted of attacking retired Indian army general Kuldeep Singh Brar in London last year have all been jailed.

Mandeep Singh Sandhu, 34, of Birmingham, Dilbag Singh, 37, Harjit Kaur, 39, of London and Barjinder Singh Sangha, 33, of Wolverhampton were convicted in July of slashing and stabbing General Brar and his wife as the couple were out shopping in September 2012.

The attackers said that they had targeted General Brar for his role in spearheading Operation Blue Star, the infamous 1984 attack on Amritsar’s Golden Temple, the holiest shrine in Sikkhism.

Mandeep and Dilbag were sentenced to 14 years, Harjit Kaur was jailed for 11 years while Barjinder Singh Sangha received a sentence of 10 years and six months.

In a statement following their trial, the Crown Prosecution Service said that the convictions were “another reminder that the UK will not tolerate extremism of any kind”.

The court had heard how Kaur had acted as the “look-out”, following General Brar and his wife through Central London, even getting on the same bus the couple used.

When the couple reached Old Quebec Street early in the evening of 30 September, Sangha “drew a knife as the other men held the victim”..

He was left with a 12-inch cut running across his neck and jaw and another three-inch cut to the jaw.

His protection ranking was raised to the highest possible following the attack.

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