On the 30th anniversary of the anti-Sikh riots of '84, leaders and activists of various Sikh radical groups, including the Dal Khalsa, Damdami Taksal and SAD (Panch Pardani), commenced their march to New Delhi on Sunday to seek the intervention of the United Nations (UN) to provide justice to the Sikh community.
Prior to commencement of the march from the Golden Temple, the leaders gathered at the Akal Takht to pay homage to those killed during the '84 carnage in Delhi and elsewhere following the assassination of the then prime minister, Indira Gandhi.
Holding placards and banners seeking justice for the riot-hit families, the radical leaders left the city in a motorcade.
Addressing the media prior to the commencement of the march, Dal Khalsa leader HS Dhami and Damdami Taksal head Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma said Sikhs had been forced to knock the doors of the UN as justice had eluded them all these years. Referring to the `5 lakh compensation offered by the Modi government to the riot-hit families, the two leaders said money would not heal their wounds, adding justice was what the Sikh community wanted.
Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the the march would reach the national capital on Monday. A rally will be held at Jantar Mantar in which leaders of other minority communities have also been invited, he added.
"Thereafter, we will march to the UN office and submit a memorandum to the UN representative, demanding the intervention of the international body in giving justice to the Sikh community," said Kanwar Pal.
Other prominent leaders who are part of the march include former Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Kewal Singh, SAD (Panch Pardani) leader Kulbir Singh Barapind and Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal, a Sikh preacher of the Malwa belt.