London: British police have arrested three people in an investigation into the attempted murder of former Indian Army general stabbed last week near London’s busy Oxford Street. Lt Gen. Kuldeep Singh Brar, who led Operation Blue Star against Sikh terrorists in 1984, was set upon by four men and slashed in the neck as he walked with his wife shopping on 30 September.
Brar, 78, was treated in a London hospital and released. He told Indian media the attack was an assassination attempt, linking it to his role in the Indian forces’ storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar to flush out Sikh militants. More than 1,000 people were killed in that operation.
Scotland Yard said on Thursday it had arrested a 33-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. It said another man in his 30s also was arrested. The force said all three suspects were being questioned at a London police station.