Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh led the Sikh community in offering prayers at the Golden Temple in memory of those killed in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.He categorically demanded the Modi government punish those responsible for the brutal murder of Sikhs under a well-planned conspiracy by the then central government.
"No doubt the Modi government has announced a compensation of Rs5 lakh each to the next of kin of the victims of the riots, but more important is justice for the families who lost their near and dear ones in the '84 mayhem. Justice is important as the riots were executed in accordance with a plan to teach a lesson to the Sikh community," stated the Jathedar, while addressing a gathering during the prayer ceremony held at Gurdwara Jhanda Bunga Sahib in the Golden temple complex here on Sunday.
In his speech, the Jathedar dwelt on the efforts made by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in pursuing the riot cases in the judicial courts of Delhi. He specifically referred to the cases against Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar and said it was due to the efforts of the SGPC that the cases against these two leaders had reached the courts.
"I want to specify that the SGPC will continue its efforts in pursuing the riot cases till justice is not delivered to the Sikh community," he said.
Prior to the Jathedar's speech, 'bhog' of the 'akhand paath' was performed and 'ardas' was offered in memory of the victims. Prayers were also offered for speedy justice to the riot-hit families.
A number of SGPC officials and priests of the Golden Temple were present during the 'bhog' ceremony.