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Sikh leaders said on Tuesday that Britain had been party to ’sacrilege’ after it was revealed a UK military adviser had urged India use a helicopter operation and special forces to break the separatist occupation of Amritsar’s Golden Temple.

A Government investigation into British involvement in the 1984 crisis found the adviser had travelled to India and suggested a surprise attack using helicopter-borne forces.

But the investigation concluded the British advice had had “limited impact" on the later storming of the temple complex which left hundreds dead.

The inquiry led by the Cabinet Secretary was launched after documents released under the 30-year-rule last month revealed an SAS officer had been drafted in to help Indian plans to remove dissident Sikhs from the Golden Temple at Amritsar, Sikhism’s holiest shrine.

William Hague, Foreign Secretary, told Parliament that the investigation had confirmed a military adviser had travelled to India in February 1984 after an urgent appeal for help from India.

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Part of our treaty obligations. India is a Commonweath country, and has the right to request assistance in the form of military advice and training at any time from any other member country.
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