Nayar book calls Amrik Singh ‘IB agent’, stirs up controversy

'Bhindranwale was Cong creation, Giani Zail Singh engineered Dal Khalsa'

Veteran journalist and author Kuldip Nayar has courted a fresh controversy by alleging that Sikh Students Federation president Bhai Amrik Singh, who died during Operation Bluestar in June 1984, was an "Information Bureau agent".

"Now that it is an open secret that Amrik Singh president of Sikh Students Union (read Federation) was IB's agent... `Falcon' was his pseudonym. Why did the government not have information from within the Golden Temple about the flow of arms? Was he a double agent," Nayar has written on page 291 of his autobiography "Beyond the Lines".

This is the first time that an eminent personality has openly pointed a finger at Amrik Singh. Earlier, some suspicions were raised against Harminder Singh Sandhu, the former general secretary of the federation, who was arrested during Operation Bluestar and was later killed by militants.

Nayar, in a 16-page chapter titled 'Punjab in Flames' has claimed that Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was a "creation of the Congress."

"Bhindranwale's emergence on the political landscape of Punjab can be traced back to 1977 when the Akali-Janata government came to power after the Congress defeat in the assembly polls," Nayar has written.

He further adds that "It was Sanjay Gandhi, known for his extra-constitutional methods, who suggested that some `sant' should be put up to challenge the Akali government."

"Zail Singh and Darbara Singh, who was a CWC member and later became chief minister, selected two persons for Sanjay's evaluation. As Sanjay's friend, Kamal Nath, a member of parliament, recalled: `The first one we interviewed did not look a "courageous type". Bhindranwale, strong in tone and tenor, seemed to fit the bill. We would give him money off and on,' Kamal Nath reminisced, `but we never thought he would turn into a terrorist'," the chapter reads.

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