Dharamvira Gandhi, Member of Parliament Patiala, demanded an apology from the Indian government at the beginning of the winter session of Parliament on November 1 for the various mass killings in the country that have left thousands of persons dead and injured.
Citing the example of the Canadian government which had recently taken the responsibility for apologising for the Kamagata Maru killings in 1914, Gandhi said there had been many such incidents in India but no government till date had taken the responsibility for it or punished the guilty.
"It is a sorry state of affairs that the respective governments acted in a very insensitive manner as they failed to apologise even once to innocents who lost their lives in politically motivated riots," said Gandhi.
"The Indian government must seek a public apology on all such incidents and should try to bring about justice by punishing the guilty at the earliest," he added.
He added thousands had died in Delhi during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and later Muslims were killed in Gujarat in 2002, but no justice had been delivered till date.
"Both the Congress and SAD-BJP government is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of youth in Punjab for years in the name of fake encounters during the militancy period," he said.