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'1984 attack on house: Why Manmohan kept quiet?'

Indo-Asian News Service  New Delhi, August 11, 2014
First Published: 13:11 IST(11/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:12 IST(11/8/2014)

Senior lawyer of Supreme Court and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader HS Phoolka questioned here on Sunday why former prime minister Manmohan Singh had kept quiet about that fact all these years that his house had also been attacked during the 1984 riots against Sikhs in the national capital.

In a release sent to the media, Phoolka, who is petitioner in a host of 1984-riots-related cases, said: “Shocking revelation has come out in the television interview that Daman Singh, daughter of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, recorded with (journalist) Karan Thapar.”

“She has revealed that during the 1984 riots, the house of Manmohan Singh in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar was attacked. The mob had almost burnt it down when Manmohan’s son-in-law saved it. She has also disclosed that Manmohan’s family knew the people in the mob,” the Supreme Court lawyer said.

Daman Singh was apparently giving this interview to coincide it with the release of her new book, “Strictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan”. “What is most shocking is that Manmohan Singh, when he was prime minister for 10 years, kept silent on this incident,” said Phoolka.

“Manmohan’s house was not gutted, but in the same area, the mob, most probably the same people, killed seven Sikhs and burnt four gurdwaras, five houses, seven shops, 42 vehicles and 31 factories,” Phoolka further claimed.

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