All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) president Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad has demanded an independent probe to find out the role of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other Hindu right-wing bodies in sacrilege incidents in Punjab.
Addressing a press conference here, he said those arrested in connection with the Quran sacrilege at Malerkotla had confessed to their association with the Hindu right-wing organisations—Vishwa Hindu Prishad and Bajrang Dal.
“The police did not pick the clues. The role of these groups in the sacrilege of the Quran and Guru Granth Sahib needs to be probed,” he said.
He also criticised the parallel jathedars appointed by radicals’ Sarbat Khalsa for their “failure” in doing enough on this count.
Signature campaign from Aug 5
He said victim families of the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 were yet to get the justice and the culprits were roaming free. “The AISSF will launch a signature campaign on August 5 from outside the Golden Temple and after collecting one-lakh signatures, a petition will be sent to the White House by August 15,” he said.
Bibi Jagdish Kaur, one of the riot-affected and a witness, said they will boycott the Independence Day celebrations as a mark of protest against the ‘injustice’.