Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Wednesday asked both the state and Union government to ensure that those behind the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 get punished.
The jathedar, who participated in the ‘bhog’ ceremony of ‘Akhand Path’ held to remember the innocents killed in the riots in and around Delhi, said it was unfortunate that even after 32 years, justice has not been delivered.
Terming the riots “a well-thought-out conspiracy”, the jathedar accused successive governments of failing to provide justice to the victims. Slamming the Congress, the jathedar said now that the BJP is in power at the Centre, the state government must take up the matter strongly.
Earlier, prayers were offered in memory of the victims and seeking speedy justice for them during the bhog ceremony at Gurdwara Jhanda Bunga Sahib in the Golden Temple complex.
Amarinder accuses AAP, Akalis of raking up ’84 riots for votes
Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) were raking up the 1984 anti-Sikh riots issue with an eye on the upcoming state assembly elections.
“The Akalis have been ruling Punjab for nearly 10 years, and AAP has been in power in Delhi for two years. But neither party even thought of the issue till elections are round the corner,” said Amarinder.
The Akalis, in fact, have a history of raising the issue only during election times and forgetting it the moment elections are over, he said, adding that AAP’s track record in sensationalising events for promoting its vested interests needs no elaboration.
“The 1984 riots were the darkest chapter in the Sikh history,” said Amarinder, adding that though he had resigned as an MP and the Congress over the issue, “it is time to move forward”.
Chhotepur for time-bound trial
Chandigarh: Aapna Punjab Party (APP) president Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Wednesday charged the SAD with indulging in “naked and crude” politics on anti-Sikh riots. In a statement issued here, Chhotepur questioned the SAD as to what it had done in the past nine years to get justice for the victims. “Were they twiddling their thumbs or were their tongues tied because they did not want an early end to their innings?” he said.
New Book on riots
New Delhi: A new anthology seeks to examine all aspects of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots by combining non-fiction pieces with fictional stories.
“1984: In Memory and Imagination - Personal Essays and Stories on the 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots”, edited by Vikram Kapur, examines the human narrative of 1984 with stories, both real and imagined, of men and women whose lives were altered by the events.