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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

‘Shocking’: Amarinder Singh on Sam Pitroda’s 1984 riots remark

Taking strong exception to the Prime Minister’s attempt to link Rajiv Gandhi with the 1984 riots, the CM drew a comparison with the Godhra massacre, which took place under the latter’s chief ministership in Gujarat.

india Updated: May 10, 2019 20:29 IST
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Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday expressed shock and disagreement over Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s remarks on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.Photo by Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday expressed shock and disagreement over Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s remarks on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.Photo by Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times.
         

Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday expressed shock and disagreement over Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s remarks on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

“If Pitroda had actually said this, it was shocking. 1984 riots were a big tragedy and justice had yet not been meted out to the victims. If some individual leaders were allegedly involved in the riots, they should be punished as per law,” asserted the CM.

He said that since the riots had happened, he had been saying that he had heard accusations about the involvement of Sajjan Kumar, HKL Bhagat, Dharam Das Shastri, Lalit Maken and Arjun Das, and, that he stands by his statement.

Taking strong exception to the Prime Minister’s attempt to link Rajiv Gandhi with the 1984 riots, the CM drew a comparison with the Godhra massacre, which took place under the latter’s chief ministership in Gujarat.

It was wrong of Modi to connect Rajiv with the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, Captain Amarinder Singh told mediapersons who were travelling with him from Patiala to Jalandhar this afternoon.

“What if someone starts linking Modi with Godhra?” he asked, adding that it did not behove the prime minister of the country to stoop to such levels to win an election. He said that the involvement of some individuals did not mean Modi could try to implicate Rajiv or the Congress party in the riots.