Punjab

Killings of Sikhs started after Rajiv Gandhi was sworn-in as PM of India on Oct 31st evening

February 12, 2018 04:24 PM

Punjab News Express
JALANDHAR: Calling it a state-sponsored genocide of Sikhs, the Dal Khalsa said the Nov 1984 killings started after Rajiv Gandhi was sworn-in as Prime Minister of India on 31st Oct along with four cabinet colleagues at 6.45 pm.  

Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh trashed Punjab CM's claim that Rajiv was away from Delhi and that he had no role in the killings of Sikhs. He said its pity that Captain Amrinder Singh was siding with mass murderer’s hence rubbing salt on the wounds of aggrieved community. "To remain on CM chair, Amrinder has stooped too low".  

Firing a salvo at Amrinder, he said its common knowledge that all the organs of the then government of India played tactical role in engineering the killings of 2733 Sikhs (official figures).  

Quoting former president Pranab Mukherjee from his book “The Turbulent Years 1980-1996”, the Dal Khalsa leader said Rajiv arrived at hospital at 3.15 pm before the official announcement of the death of Indira Gandhi. “To avoid any confusion we decided that both Rajiv’s appointment as PM and Indiraji’s death should be announced simultaneously”, writes Ex-President.

Moreover, a person of Rajiv Gandhi stature doesn't need to be physically present to engineer the killings of thousands of Sikhs, he pointed out while taking a dig at Captain.

Dal Khalsa leader sought intervention of United Nations for credible investigation into the November 1984 pogrom and trail of Rajiv and Rao posthumously.  

He slammed SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal for seeking investigation into the role of Rajiv Gandhi by BJP led Indian government, to which his own party is part of it. "Badals are in the illusion that they could continue to fool the people. They are expecting justice from those (read BJP), whose hands are dipped in the blood of innocent Muslims of Gujarat". He said only the UN led international probe could unearth the exact role of the then hastily anointed Prime Minister Rajiv.

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