New Delhi: The 1984 anti-Sikh riots should be declared as a “genocide” demand a leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal or SAD in the Lok Sabha. SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra made the remarks during Zero hours, soon after the Delhi High Court sentenced Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life in the killing of five members of a family in 1984.
The Congres party has been protecting key accused in the case alleged the Mr Chandumajra. The SAD leader said without naming anyone that someone facing allegations of involvement in the anti-Sikh riots is going to become the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, an apparent reference to Congres leader Kamal Nath, who will take the Oath shortly.
On October 31, At least 3,000 people were killed when mobs led by Congress leader targeted Sikhs after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
For allegedly protecting those named in the riots case, Union Minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal welcomed the verdict and criticised the Congres.
Punjab Chief Minister said in a statement, he has been naming Sajjan Kumar, along with a few other former Congress leaders including Dharam Das Shastri, HKL Bhagat and Arjun Das, for the 34 years, based on the information he had personally received from victims in refugee camps in Delhi during the riots. The Chief Minister said Justice has been delivered to the victims of one of the “ worst instances of communal violence in independent India”