CALCUTTA, India, Jan. 3: Police said today they had arrested a Sikh wanted in connection with the killing of Arun Vaidya, an Indian Army General who planned the 1984 assault on Sikhdom’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple.
Narinder Singh was taken into Custody yesterday at the American consulate in Calcutta where he was applying for a visa, police said.
They said they were alerted by a consulate official who suspected the authenticity of Singh’s passport.
Vaidya, India’s most decorated Army Commander and a former Army Chief of Staff, was shot dead by four gunmen last August in the town of Pune, about 150 km (100 mile) east of Bombay.
At least 6,000 people were killed as troops entered the Golden Temple in Amritsar to suppress Sikh voice for justice and equality.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) said three Sikhs sought in connection with Vaidya’s killing were arrested earlier this week at Kennedy International Airport while trying to enter the United States. with forged passports.
U.S. immigration officials detained the suspects after they arrived from New Delhi on an Air India flight, PTI said. It did not name those arrested.
Article extracted from this publication >> January 9, 1987