New Delhi, April 21 :
A large number of Sikhs protested outside the Congress office here Monday over former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh giving a clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Amarinder Singh, Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, told television news channel NDTV in an interview that Tytler’s name in the 1984 riots came up only when he was fighting Madan Lal Khurana in Delhi’s polls.
“We will meet the Election Commission and complain about Amarinder Singh’s remark. We are protesting here because the Congress was responsible for the 1984 riots. Sonia and Rahul (Gandhi) are responsible for giving Amarinder ticket from Amritsar and now he has given clean chit to Jagdish Tytler,” said Manjit Singh G.K., president, Shiromani Akali Dal, Delhi.
Police used water cannons when the demonstrators refused to move away despite repeated announcements for them to disperse. About 70 protestors were detained and taken to the Tughlaq Road police station.
Jaitley questions Amarinder’s ‘clean chit’ too
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Monday questioned Congress leader Amarinder Singh on his clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
“It is for the investigating and judicial process to find out the truth. Why has captain Amarinder Singh become the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ and decided to offer a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler? Is he trying to prejudge the guilt of a person who is perceived to be involved in the riots? Is personal and political relationship more important to the Captain than the interest of the victims?” said Jaitley in his blog.
He further said it was only the NDA government who appointed the Justice Nanavati Commission of Inquiry which came out with the truth.
“The fact that innocents can be killed in thousands is terrible. What is worse is that the guilty went unpunished. The collusion of the state was visible. None of the rioters were fired upon by police. For years, FIRs were not registered. The violence was politically rationalized by the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi,” he said.
Attacking the then Congress government, he said, “Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission, appointed by the Congress government, provided a cover-up for the state-sponsored violence. After retirement, this judge was rewarded with a Rajya Sabha nomination by the Congress party.”