Bachchan incited killing of Sikhs in ’84 riots, says film
The AISSF claims to have produced a documentary “November 1984– a state sponsored Sikh massacre” charging the Bollywood star with inciting people to kill Sikhs after Indira Gandhi's assassination, reports Pawan Sharma.Updated: Nov 25, 2007 03:32 IST
The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) claims to have produced a documentary “November 1984– a state sponsored Sikh massacre” charging Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan with inciting people to kill Sikhs after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
In the 45-minute documentary, riot victim Babu Singh Dukhia, a resident of Tirlokpuri in Delhi, claims that the day Indira Gandhi was cremated, Bachchan was shown on television inciting a mob to avenge the death of Indira Gandhi.
“We saw Amitabh Bachchan on television telling people that Sikhs had not only assassinated Indira Gandhi, they had killed the mother of the nation. Bachchan raised the slogan ‘Khoon ke chheente Indira ko marne walon ke gharon tak pahunchne chahiye (The bloodstains must reach the houses of those who killed Indira)’,” Dukhia says in the documentary. The film also depicts how Sikhs Gurus had sacrificed their lives to save Hindus and their religion.
Dukhia says 40 of his close relatives were killed in the anti-Sikh riots and that he had written several times to the concerned authorities to take action against Bachchan. “But he (Bachchan) is so powerful that all the records of Bachchan’s provocative statements have been destroyed. The CBI, IB and even the media often ask me to furnish the evidence…The people at the helm of affairs, if they want, should see the television clips of the day Indira Gandhi was cremated,” he said. The documentary, however, does not have any clipping of Bachchan making any such statement of which he is being accused.
Meanwhile, The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has decided to hold a hunger strike outside Parliament on November 27 and 28 to protest against the Union government’s alleged failure in punishing those responsible for 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
First Published: Nov 25, 2007 03:31 IST