Activists of Ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday held a protest march and burnt effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders for the party’s alleged “role” in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. A similar protest was held outside DC office in Jalandhar.
Effigies of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar for their alleged “involvement” in the riots in Delhi, were also burnt.
Led by SAD’s Kapurthala district president Sarwan Singh Kular, the protesters assembled on the premises of local Gurdwara Akalian and marched from there through the city markets before converging outside bus stand along the National Highway 1 where the effigies were set ablaze.
During the march, anti-Congress slogans were raised while protestors demanded justice for the victims of the 1984 riots.
Party councillors, including Phagwara corporation deputy mayor Ranjit Singh Khurana, also joined the protest.
Addressing protesters, Kular, also a SGPC member, flayed Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh for his reported “advice to Sikhs to forgive and forget the killings during the riots”.
“How can Sikhs forget and forgive what happened,” Kular said.
He called upon Punjabis to give Congress a “befitting lesson” in the upcoming assembly polls.
Alleging that Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were “chips” of the same bloc, Kular targeted AAP convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for “befooling” Punjabis with his “misleading” statements over riots against the Sikh community.