MI5 foiled plot to target Rajiv Gandhi in 1985

Rajiv Gandhi

"Good intelligence, combined with the arrests of Sikh and Kashmiri extremists, was believed to have frustrated plots to attack Rajiv Gandhi during his state visit," Cambridge historian Prof Christopher Andrew has said in his book 'The Defence Of The Realm'.

The book, the first official history of Mi5, says that after the Operation Bluestar in the Golden Temple in June 1984, there was sudden emergence of Sikh extremism, particularly in the UK.

"Sikh extremism, which suddenly emerged in the UK as a major threat during the summer and autumn of 1984, was put at the top of the list of current terrorist threats in mainland Britain in 1985-86 annual report by Mi5 Director General Tony Duff," the book says.

The book says that under the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, India was described as the "arena for more KGB" active measures than anywhere else in the world.
"Oleg Kalgunin, who became head of counter- intelligence in KGB foreign intelligence in 1973, remembers India as a model of KGB infiltration of a Third World government," it adds.

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