London, Feb 18, 2014 (YP Bureau)
Responding to a young UK Sikh leader Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi's letter expressing his concerns over Britain's involvement in the 1984 attack on Golden Temple, Ed Miliband MP and leader of the Labour Party has said that despite the publication of a report on the subject various serious questions remain.
The Labour party has called for making public all the relevant documentation relating to the incident and extend the scope of inquiry to post Bluestar period too as the investigation, till now seems to be covering only the 'first part of 1984'.
Dhesi, who had the honour to be the youngest Sikh mayor in UK, is Labour party's prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Gravesham Constituency.
Appalled at the revelations about Britain's involvement, which has been termed as 'advisory', Dhesi, a leader of the Labour party, had shot off a letter to Ed Miliband on January 14, 2014, had sought the direct intervention of his party leader to 'expose and disclose the full extent of the involvement' of Britain in the Operation Bluestar.
In his response to Dhesi's emotive letter, Ed Miliband has claimed that Labour Members of Parliament have been at the forefront of the demands for the Government to look into the matters arising from the publication of official communications in 1984 and the Foreign Secretary has now reported back to the House of Commons.
Sharing the concerns of the Sikh leader and pledging full support to the Sikh community in this regard, Ed Miliband, while underlining the need for greater transparency has said that the government must make public all relevant documentation relating to the incident.
The Labour Party leader, in his letter said, "While we welcome what light the Cabinet Secretary's report shed on the allegations of British involvement in 'Operation Blues Star', despite the publication of this report serious questions remain."
Ed Miliband while reiterating the resolve of Labour party and assuring all possible support to the points raised by Dhesi, replied that "The Government must accept our call to make public all relevant documentation relating to the incident that can be, so that we can have transparency on this important issue."
Going a step further, Ed Miliband said, "The Cabinet Secretary must also respond to whether he believes, as I do, that there might be grounds for a full inquiry covering a longer period, given the concerns that the investigation seemed to be covering only the first part of 1984."