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Dal Khalsa to march on riots anniversary

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Hoshiarpur, October 20, 2013
First Published: 20:07 IST(20/10/2013) | Last Updated: 21:41 IST(20/10/2013)

Radical sikh organisation Dal Khalsa and SAD (Panch Pardani) will organise a 'Justice and Freedom' march in Jalandhar on Nov 1 to mark the 29th anniversary of anti-Sikh carnage in Delhi and elsewhere.

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Announcing this, Harchranjit Singh Dhami and Harpal Singh Cheema, heads of these outfits, said their members would walk on the streets and lanes of Jalandhar city to protest against the killings of thousands of innocent Sikhs in the capital way back in November 1984 and to voice their concern against injustice. 

"The objective of the march is to highlight the dismal plight of Sikhs and to kindle the flame of freedom", said Dhami, while addressing the media here on Sunday.

He said the activists would assemble at a local gurdwara to perform 'Ardas' in the memory of those who had been killed in a "systematic and planned manner".

Expressing concern over the survey conducted by the Global Slavery Index that India is home to highest number of 'slaves', Dhami said that it reflected the mindset of the rulers.

As per survey, out of 30 million slaves in the world, 13.9 million are in India Dhami alleged that in addition to these around 13 million people, Kashmiris, Nagas and Sikhs too were being treated like slaves and their homelands as colonies. 

Describing the 1984 incident as 'genocide of Sikhs', Cheema said that Sikh diaspora had been demanding justice for the last 29 years, but all attempts within the legal framework of the Indian system have failed. Blaming the political leadership of the country for anti-Sikh carnage, he said that whenever injustice went unpunished and the perpetrators of crime were rewarded with cabinet posts, the terrible beast of communalism is revived in more horrific ways.

Had the perpetrators of massacre duly punished, the horrific events of Gujarat in 2002 and Orissa in 2008 would not have occurred, he added.

Dal Khalsa leader Kanwar Pal Singh revealed that both the panthic groups would also observe the martyrdom day of Beant Singh, the assassin of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, at Akal Takht on Oct 31.

"We will request the Akal Takht jathedar to be personally present on the occasion and bestow siropa (robe of religious honour) on the son of Beant Singh.

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