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Government disappointed us, say Sikhs:-

New Delhi | August 08, 2005 11:43:10 PM IST

With the G.T. Nanavati Commission report on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots tabled in the parliament Monday, most Sikhs believe the government has disappointed the community.

"The government has made a mockery of the reports presented by nine different commissions set up by it over the last 21 years. There is no action against the culprits only because of political reasons," said author Patwant Singh.

"Its one of the most reprehensible acts. How can the government ignore the sentiments of 20 million Sikhs for a couple political leaders?" Singh told IANS.

Violence against Sikhs had erupted when then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards Oct 31, 1984. About 2,700 people were killed and 2,800 others injured in carnage that Congress leaders have been accused of engineering.

Singh said: "Where is the secular face of the Congress? What happened to those promises of justice for all communities? At least the party should respect the reports presented by honourable judges.

"I am disappointed to see (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh's government doing nothing. Our prime minister has disappointed us."

Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee president Paramjit Singh Sarna said the government's action taken report, also tabled in parliament Monday, was "nothing but a shame".

"The role of the government and its action taken report is nothing less than shameful. There is no justice for the families of innocent victims. Just give us justice," Sarna demanded.

"We are disappointed not to see action against Congress leaders and police officials directly involved in the violence," he said.

For those fighting for the victims, the wait was not worthwhile.

"For how long will these innocents live in pain? There is no job, no compensation and finally no justice," said H.S. Pholka, the president of the All India Riot Victims Committee. "We are utterly disappointed."

Jagdish Tytler, now a central minister, and Congress MP Sajjan Kumar are among those named in the Nanavati Commission's report for instigating mobs to avenge Indira Gandhi's killing.

But the government said in its report Monday that it could not proceed against the leaders on the basis of a "probability".

-- (IANS)



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