Lashing out at both Union and state governments for not fulfilling the promises made to them, the 1984-Sikh riots victims announced to hold a demonstration in Ludhiana on September 12.
At a press conference here on Friday, Surjit Singh, president of the ‘1984 Sikh Danga Peerat Welfare Society’, said, “Both Union and state governments had made tall promises to victim families, but they have always stayed just promises and never been fulfilled. Today also, the victim families are running from pillar to post, but the governments are not bothered.”
Surjit Singh further said that the Union government had announced Rs 2 lakh each to 1,024 families in Punjab, but till date no deputy commissioner of the state has sought application from the victim families for this.
A promise was also made by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal that the victim families would be given compensation of `5 lakh each, but nothing has been done till now, he said. Not only governments are responsible, but the lackadaisical attitude of the officers is also responsible for the plight of victim families, he added. The society members said that governments have been playing politics on the issue during elections, but have failed to do anything for the affected families.
Surjit Singh said that four women members will be sitting on a fast-unto-death on September 12.
Gurdeep Kaur, president of the women wing of the society, also criticised the alleged apathy of the government.