London, Aug 01: Three members of a Sikh gang, including a woman, were on Wednesday convicted of slashing the throat of Lt. Gen. (retired) Kuldip Singh Brar, the hero of the controversial 1984 Operation Blue Star, in London.
Gen. Brar was attacked as he walked with his wife Meena, in Old Quebec Street, Central London, on September 30, 2012.
Mandeep Singh Sandhu, 34, of Birmingham and Dilbag Singh, 37, Harjit Kaur, 39, of London were convicted of wounding with intent at Southwark Crown Court.
Barjinder Singh Sangha, 33, of Wolverhampton, had admitted the charge.
Gen. Brar was involved in a controversial military operation — Operation Blue Star — against Sikh militants in Amritsar in June 1984.
The victim's role in the Indian Army had “made him a target for Sikh extremist groups”, the jury heard.
Following the verdict, Mari Reid, of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “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.”