The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has decided to hold a demonstration and observe a hunger strike outside Parliament on November 27 and 28 to protest government’s failure to punish the guilty responsible for 1984 anti-Sikh riots. They would also march to the Delhi district court on November 29 to protest CBI’s proposed clean chit given to MP Jagdish Tytler in riots in which many Sikhs lost their lives despite many eye-witnesses still being available to testify against him.
Releasing a list of nearly 200 people involved in the mayhem that followed the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from October 31 to November 7, 1984 in which thousands of Sikhs lost their lives in Delhi alone, the AISSF president said the protest outside Parliament aimed at pressing upon the government to suspend MPs Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath and Sajjan Kumar for their role in “1984 state-sponsored Sikh massacre” as the AISSF puts the anti-Sikh riots.
According to Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, president of the AISSF, there are 177 people apart from 17 senior Congress leaders and 13 police officials against whom clear evidence of involvement in riots was still available in the form of eyewitnesses. “None of the Congress leaders and policemen who led the mobs in November, 1984 in broad day light that killed thousands and displaced more than 60,000 Sikhs are charged with or given any punishment under Indian legal system,” he said.
He said there were many eyewitnesses who had given affidavits to different commissions constituted by different Union Governments at the Centre and were still available to testify that Kamal Nath led mobs that attacked historic Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib that killed many Sikhs. The AISSF proposes to give memorandums to presidents of major political partys and to the members of Parliament asking them to force Congress MPs Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath and Sajjan Kumar to resign
The AISSF has also demanded that the role of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, film star Amitabh Bachchan and Congress minister Arjun Singh be investigated by an independent agency.
Peer Mohammad said while these people were never investigated, there were many instances where police cases were registered against the Sikhs, who were being killed, and not against those who were killing them.
He further disclosed that the US-based Human Rights Advocacy Group, supported by many Sikh organisations have jointly decided to file a writ petition before the Supreme Court demanding suo motto action on the matter of genocide of Sikhs in November, 1984.
Amitabh’s role under scanner
The AISSF on Friday demanded a probe into the role of film star Amitabh Bachchan for inciting violence against Sikhs following the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In a documentary released here today, Babu Singh Dukhia, a resident of Tirlok Puri in Delhi, claimed there were eyewitnesses that saw Amitabh Bachchan inciting mobs to avenge the death of Indira Gandhi. The documentary says Amitabh Bachchan was clearly involved in inciting mobs and was heard saying “khoon ka badla khoon” at the funeral of late Indira Gandhi.