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Riot victims burn Capt's effigy

Accusing former chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar, Capt Amarinder Singh, of giving a 'clean chit' to senior party leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 riots case, the All India 84 Riot Victims Relief Committee and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) held a demonstration here on Sunday, wherein they also burnt his effigy.

punjab Updated: Apr 20, 2014 22:34 IST
HT Correspondent

Accusing former chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar, Capt Amarinder Singh, of giving a 'clean chit' to senior party leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 riots case, the All India 84 Riot Victims Relief Committee and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) held a demonstration here on Sunday, wherein they also burnt his effigy.


Leading the protest, members of the Riot Victims Relief Committee marched towards the election office of Captain Amarinder Singh to stage a protest. As they were stopped by the police near the office, the committee members, led by their president Kuldeep Singh Bhogal, staged a protest there itself. They burnt Amarinder's effigy and raised slogans against him and Tytler.

Talking to media, Bhogal said, "By giving a clean chit to Tytler, Amarinder has rubbed salt on the wounds of the Sikh community. We are fighting for justice for the past 30 years and today Amarinder is giving a clean chit to Tytler."

He further said, "Capt Amarinder seems to have lost control over his mind and is playing with our sentiments. The Congress has been doing this for years and now Amarinder has again repeated it. He has no right to contest from Amritsar".

DSGMC SLAMS AMARINDER

Terming Amarinder's statement on Tytler as shocking, the DSGMC reacted strongly and said that his remarks clearly indicate the stand of the Congress party on 1984 riots.

Addressing mediapersons at a press conference, DSGMC chief Manjit Singh GK, said, "The statement of Capt Amarinder Singh clearly shows his mindset and that of theCongress".

GK alleged that Amarinder is "frustrated over his impending defeat in Amritsar and he is making such statements to affect the voting pattern".

He further said, "There is anger in Sikh community and on Monday a protest will be held outside the residence of Sonia Gandhi and also the Congress headquarters in Delhi. The protest will be led by the riot victims and the Akali Dal will support it".

Senior BJP leader RP Singh said, "Capt Amarinder thinks he is 'Raja' of the nation and he can give clean chit to anyone. Sikhs are fighting for justice for years and Amarinder by making such a statement has hurt their feelings".

State BJP vice president Rajinder Mohan Singh Chinna and Delhi SAD leader Avtar Singh Hit also criticised Amarinder for his statement on Tytler.