As the 'kar sewa' for erecting a memorial to those killed during Operation Bluestar was launched, the All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a human rights group, under the directions and patronage of the Akal Takht on Sunday launched a signature campaign from outside the shrine premises in a bid to declare the anti-Sikh riots of November 1984 a 'genocide'.
The campaign, '1984: Yes, it's genocide' aims to collect a million signatures from India and other countries to support their petition to be filed before the United Nations.
The petition with the signatures will be filed in November 2012 before the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights by the AISSF and SFJ with the support of Sikhs across the world.
The petition will demand that the UN investigate the systematic, intentional and deliberate killing of Sikhs carried out throughout India during the first week of November 1984, which has been effectively covered up by successive Indian governments as "anti-Sikh riots".
AISSF chief Karnail Singh Peermohammad, who is heading the campaign, said Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had supported the campaign.