Leaders and workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) staged a protest in the city against Congress leaders for their alleged role in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. Led by the SAD’s Patiala urban unit president Surjeet Singh Kohli, protesters burnt effigies of Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Sonia Gandhi.
The protest was held after the call given by the party high command to hold protests in all districts on the anniversary of the riots that took place in Delhi on November 1, 1984.
During the protest, anti-Congress slogans were raised and protesters demanded justice for the victims.
Kohli said that not even a single conviction for the riots had angered the Sikhs living all over the globe and had rubbed salt into the wounds of families of innocent Sikhs killed in theriots.
“The congress party is offering highest posts to the riots accused persons and deliberately not taking any action against them,” he alleged.
‘Cong sheltering riots accused leaders’
Nabha: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders and workers, led by the party’ constituency in-charge Makhan Singh Lalka, burnt effigies of 1984 riots’ accused Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at the Patiala gate here. Lalka alleged that the Congress leadership has been sheltering the riots’ accused and have always influenced the inquiries.
Asked that the Congress was in power neither in the state nor at the Centre, he said that the Congress sabotaged the inquiry during their regime and framed weak cases against their leading ‘friends’ while ‘innocent’ and ‘small pawns’ were made the target. SAD leaders accused the Congress of taking Punjab back by 30 years due to their ‘anti state’ policies. Municipality president Gursewak Singh Golu and market committee chairman Dharam Singh Dharonki also spoke and condemned the Congress.