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Ten years in jail for slash attack on Indian Army general.

A SIKH man has received a lengthy jail sentence after being convicted of slashing a former Indian military lieutenant general in the neck while he was on holiday in London.

Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar, 78, who was involved in a military operation against Sikh militants in Amritsar in 1984 that left around 1,000 people dead, was attacked by a gang of four during a visit to London in 2012. He was walking with his wife on Old Quebec Street near Marble Arch when he was ambushed last September.

Lakhbir Singh, 26, was the latest man to be sentenced for the attack and was handed 10 years in prison for grievous bodily harm with intent at Southwark Crown Court.

The defendant, along with a group of men who have already been convicted for their part in the attack, is believed to have deliberately set out to attack Mr Brar in retaliation for events that occurred in India during his military career.

Three Sikh men and a woman were jailed for their part in the attack in December last year.

Mandeep Singh Sandhu, 35, of Great Barr, Birmingham, and Dilbag Singh, 37, of no fixed abode, were sentenced to 14 years in prison while Harjit Kaur, 39, of Hayes, Middlesex, was jailed for 11 years. Another man - Barjinder Singh Sangha, 34, of Wolverhampton, had previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and was sentenced to 10 and a half years.

They were all found guilty of wounding with intent following a trial at Southwark Crown Court in July last year after a jury took just an hour to convict them.

Having become aware of Mr Brar's presence in the UK, the group travelled to London on September 28 and 29 and carried out reconnaissance.

On September 30, Harjit Kaur followed the Brars around London and provided the group of men with regular updates on their mobile phones about the couple's movements and locations. This enabled Lakhbir Singh and the group to intercept and assault the Brars.
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Date:Mar 22, 2014
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