The 1984 Sikh riots case has snowballed after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi admitted in an interview on Times Now that 'some Congress men were probably involved and they have been punished'. The riots had broke out after prime minister Indira Gandhi was killed by her Sikh bodyguards.
More revelations come out
Making matters further worse, the press secretary of the then president Giani Zail Singh Tarlochan Singh refuted Rahul Gandhi's remark that the riots which broke out after the assassination of Indira Gandhi were spontaneous. Calling the violence "orchestrated and sponsored", Singh claimed that Rajiv Gandhi did not even take calls from the president when he tried to get in touch with him to discuss the situation.
Singh told the Indian Express, "Indira Gandhi was shot dead in the morning, but the first riots started in the evening. Gyaniji collected this information himself that a meeting of Congress leaders - attended by Arun Nehru and Delhi leaders like H K L Bhagat, Jagdish Tytler and all - took place before Rajiv Gandhi arrived from Kolkata. They decided to give a slogan ‘khoon ka badla khoon'. The first riot then took place near INA market".
The BJP has intensified their attack on Congress saying the party sponsored the 1984 riots which led to the killing of many hundreds of Sikhs. The Bharatiya Janata Party immediately demanded an apology from Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. On Thursday morning, Sikh groups broke open the police barricades and marched towards the Congress office in Delhi.
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday staged a protest outside Congress office reacting sharply to Rahul Gandhi's recent comment on 1984 riots.
Sikhs are demanding SC monitored SIT to probe into 1984 carnage outside Congress Headquarters in New Delhi.
"Rahul Gandhi's remarks during an interview that some Congressmen were probably involved in the 1984 riots has caused discomfort and pain amongst the Sikh community, especially large number of families whose members were killed and injured by mobs and properties burnt and looted," said Manjit Singh, president DSGMC.
He added that the case of missing charge sheet against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar from Nangloi police station should also be produced before the court.