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Rights body decries Cong role in ’84 riots

To organise protest march today

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19

The Punjab Rights Forum, a conglomerate of various political, social and human rights bodies, has resolved to organise a protest march on August 20 here, against the role allegedly played by late Rajiv Gandhi and other Congressmen in the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage in Delhi and elsewhere on the eve of the birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the senior leaders of the outfit held here today. Those who attended the meeting included Mr D. S. Gill, Prof. Jagmohan Singh, Mr Charan Singh Lohara, Mr Kanwarpal Singh, Mr Satnam Singh (Paonta Sahib) Mr Surinder Pal Singh, Mr Mandhir Singh, Mr Jaspal Singh Dhillon and Mr Rajinder Singh.

“Though the Nanavati Commission has exonerated Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and many other Congress leaders of that time for their role in the massacre of thousands of Sikhs in Delhi, it was necessary to expose their nefarious role,†they observed.

The forum said the widely reported remarks of Rajiv Gandhi, when he told Congress workers and the media assembled around the dead body of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, that “when a big tree falls, the earth shakesâ€, leaves no one in doubt about his involvement in the carnage, they pointed out.

The leaders also took PM Manmohan Singh to task for absolving the Congress high command of the anti-Sikh carnage, as they believed that he did so in lieu of the Gandhi family elevating him to the office of the PM.

They criticised the political parties which were going to observe the death anniversary of Harchand Singh Longowal who had betrayed the Sikh Nation and the people of Punjab, especially on river waters.

Elaborating on their programme, they said the activists of SAD (Amritsar), Dal Khalsa, Khalsa Panchayat, Shiromani Khalsa Dal, SAD (1920), Damdami Taksal, Sikh Students Federation, IHRO and PHRO would start their protest march from Gurdwara Sahib, Dugri, towards District Courts, where a rally would be held later in the day.

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