Welfare Party of India, Lok Raj Sangathan To Hold Demonstration Against 1984 Sikh Massacre On November 1
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 12- Over a dozen social and political organisations, including Welfare Party of India(WPI), Lok Paksh and Lok Raj Sangathan, will be holding a day-long demonstration on Sansad Marg, coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Sikh carnage in Delhi on November 1.
Over 3000 Sikhs, their men, women and children, were killed by mobs in and around Delhi in a span of four days after assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh guards on October 31, 1984. The Sikh guards had shot dead Indira Gandhi as a revenge for Operation Blue Star in which Sikh’s holiest place Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar was destroyed to flush out militants and their leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale. Unfortunately, the then union home minister PV Narasimharao, commenting on the anti-Sikh violence, had said, “when a large tree falls, earth shakes’’, thus trying to justify the pogrom.
Speaking to India Tomorrow, WPI representative Siraj Talib said that it was not a riot but a “pre-planned massacre” of Sikh connived by the state and police. Surprisingly, most of the instigators and perpetrators of the anti-Sikh violence, he said, had gone unpunished. Talib said that WPI and several other organisations had been holding agitations on every anniversary of the Sikh massacre for the last several years demanding punishment for the accused involved in the anti-Sikh pogrom.
WPI and many other organisations held a peaceful programme in Abul Fazal Enclave on Friday to create awareness among the people about the massacre and motivate them to participate in the demonstrations on November 1.
Birju Naik of Lok Raj Sangathan, interacting with India Tomorrow, said that “a massacre at such a large scale could not take place without connivance of the state administration and police’’. He also said that the riots at different places in the country following demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and Muzaffarnagar violence in 2013 during Akhilesh Yadav’s rule in UP were basically state terrorism. “This cannot be allowed in a democratic country”, he said.
He said, “The massacre of Sikhs in 1984 and anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002 were state terrorism. They were not riots’’.
He said, “Attack on one group, is an attack on all in the country”.
Krishna Kant of Lok Paksh said that no large scale communal violence against any community could take place if the police remained impartial and performed its duties honestly.