According to Lt General Brar’s family friend, he sustained knife injuries on his neck. He is now out of danger. “Details of where and when the attack occured are extremely sketchy at present, all we know is that Mrs Brar raised an alarm and the attackers fled,” said Mandeep Singh Bajwa.

Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar

‘Bulbul’ Brar commanded the 9th infantry division that led the assault against Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s militants who had entrenched themselves in the Golden Temple. The operation lasted three days June 3-6.

He remained on the hit list of several Sikh militant organisations for his role in the operation. After retirement, Brar lived under heavy guard in the Colaba military station in Mumbai.

He frequently visited London. However, in recent years, the Sikh Federation, a successor to the banned International Sikh Youth Federation had begun tracking his movements and posting them on the Internet.