Brar, who led Operation Bluestar to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984, was attacked by four men in Central London. Injured in the neck, Brar, 78, was discharged from hospital on Monday. He returned with his wife to India on Tuesday.
A statement from London’s metropolitan police said detectives were keeping an open mind on the motivation behind the attack.
“The four men are described as wearing dark clothing and long black jackets. They all had long beards. One of the men is described as younger and slimmer than the other three. They all fled in the direction of Oxford Street,” the statement said.
Speaking to the CNN-IBN TV channel in London, Brar said that the assault was an attempt to kill him. “There were a lot of hate messages on the net, there were online threats against me. There were pledges to kill me,” Brar said.
“There were four attackers. One separated my wife from me and the other three went after me. My wife was pushed to the wall, where she fell down. All of this happened within a minute,” Brar said. “I gathered abnormal strength to fight them. I did not leave them easily. They were talking among themselves but I couldn’t figure out what they were speaking.”