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Agitated over his comments, riot victims tear Rahul's posters

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, February 02, 2014
First Published: 18:57 IST(2/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:23 IST(2/2/2014)

Agitated over Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi admitting to role of some Congressmen in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, members of the Danga Peedit Welfare Association on Sunday barged into the Congress office near Clock Tower and tore posters bearing Rahul's pictures.

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Earlier, a large number of protesters from the association gathered in front of the office and raised slogans against Rahul for his recent comments during an interview to Times Now.

Protesters said the Congress was responsible for the massacre of hundreds of Sikhs in 1984, but did not want to punish its men.

Association president Surjit Singh, who led the protesters, demanded action against the guilty Congressmen.

Later, heavy police force notwithstanding, several protesters entered the party office and brought down all posters carrying pictures of Rahul and other senior leaders of the party, before tearing them with swords.

“Congress is not ready to name and punish those guilty in leading riots against the Sikh community. Congress is the worst party that India has ever seen. People of the country should teach Congress a lesson during the upcoming polls so that it should remember the treatment it meted out to the Sikhs in different parts of the country, especially in Delhi,” Surjit said.

Meanwhile, Ludhiana District Congress Committee (DCC) condemned the incident.

A joint statement issued by DCC president Pawan Dewan, former minister and local MLA Rakesh Pandey and local councillor Parminder Mehta criticised the “indifferent attitude of the police while the miscreants were indulging in rioting”.

“Since it was a residential area, the incident has created a sense of fear among the locals,” the statement said.

They demanded strict and strong action against the culprits. “As it was a holiday on account of Sunday, a major tragedy was averted as the miscreant mob could have lynched people working there,” the statement added.

Minister for information and broadcasting Manish Tewari was also in the city addressing public gatherings in different areas. He was informed of the incident by Congress leaders.

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