Three convicted of attacking retired Indian General in London
Mandeep Sandhu, Dilbag Singh and Harjit Kaur were today convicted at Southwark Crown Court for grievous bodily harm on retired Indian Army officer, Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar, aged 78. The attack took place whilst he was on holiday in London with his wife on 30 September 2012. Barjinder Sangha previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.
Mari Reid of the Crown Prosecution Service's Counter Terrorism Division, said: "This was a violent and life threatening attack carried out by Sikh extremists on the streets of London's West End. Lieutenant General Brar sustained deep cuts to his face and neck in full view of his wife near their hotel on Old Quebec Street.
"Lieutenant General Brar was targeted in a highly planned and pre-meditated attack. Harjit Kaur was instrumental in carrying out reconnaissance of the area and followed the Brars around London. The couple was set upon in what was a swift, effective and terrifying ambush; Sandhu and Singh held Lieutenant General Brar down as Sangha slashed at his neck with a knife.
"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."
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