Sikhs protest after Rahul’s 1984 riots ‘admission’
Around 500 members of Sikh groups protested outside the Congress office in New Delhi today, demanding that the names of the party leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots be revealed.india Updated: Jan 30, 2014 14:48 IST
Around 500 members of Sikh groups protested outside the Congress office in New Delhi on Thursday, demanding that the names of the party leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots be revealed.
The protest comes after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's admission during a television interview Monday that "some Congress men were probably involved" in the anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
The protesters, belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), broke barricades, raised slogans against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and waved black flags.
Protesters were also seen flashing placards with the message: “CBI should question Rahul Gandhi”.
Though welcoming Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's demand to hold an SIT probe, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi), Manjeet Singh GK questioned Kejriwal taking support from the Congress "which was behind '84 riots".
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Wednesday met Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and submitted a request for an SIT to probe the riots in which more than 3,000 people, mostly Sikhs, were killed.
According to police officials, a few protesters were detained and taken to a nearby police station.
The protest continued for an hour, which also saw police using water cannons to disperse the crowd.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), meanwhile, said, “The 1984 riots weren't riots as two parties are needed for it. It was an orchestrated violence by the Congress.”
The saffron party’s spokesperson Prakash Javadekar also took on the AAP, saying, “The AAP has a self-certifying government in Delhi.”
First Published: Jan 30, 2014 14:44 IST