Rajiv Gandhi was supervising killings during 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Sukhbir Badal


Former Punjab Deputy chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal launched a biting attack on the Congress Party on Monday citing a recent statement by former Union Minister and Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots The leader of Akali Dal has alleged that the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was “overseeing the killings”.

“Jagdish Tytler has revealed that Rajiv Gandhi traveled with him throughout the city in 1984. It means that the then prime minister was overseeing the killings,” Badal said.

He also said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should examine the information revealed by Tytler as it is a “very serious matter”.

This happened after the media quoted Tytler saying that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had gone to different parts of Delhi while the riots were going on and he was angry at the parliamentarians of the Congress party, since the party’s high command He said to contain the situation.

Notably, earlier this month, the Supreme Court set up a new Special Investigation Team (SIT) to re-investigate 186 1984-Sikh riot cases that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The retired justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra has been named head of the SIT. Retired IAS official Rajdeep Singh and IPS official Avishek Dullar are the other two committee members who will re-investigate the cases.

The committee has been ordered to submit an interim report within two months in the Supreme Court.

A total of 3,325 people were killed in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states in the riots after Indira Gandhi was gunned down by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Delhi alone caused 2,733 deaths .

The anti-Sikh riots of 1984 are considered one of the most violent cases of communal hatred following the partition in 1947. Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its 2011 World Report stated: “The government still has to prosecute those responsible mass murders. ” of the Sikhs that followed the 1984 murder of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. The handing over of justice for massive violence against Muslims in Mumbai in 1992-93 and in Gujarat in 2002 has been slow. “