Arun Jaitley and Amrinder Singh, locked in an intense battle for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, were today engaged in a fresh war of words, this time on the 1984 riots, with the BJP questioning the "clean chit" to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.
Attacking Singh for his reported defence of Tytler, Jaitley questioned whether the former Punjab Chief Minister is "trying to prejudge the guilt of a person who is perceived to be involved in the riots?"
"Is his personal and political relationship more important to Amarinder than the interest of the victims?" he asked.
Jaitley's remarks came after Singh told a news channel that while other Congress leaders may be linked to the riots, Tytler played no role the violence.
"I'm not the CBI, I'm not the court. I'm telling you what I saw and felt. I was in Delhi, I went to all the camps and everyone I met took all these names that I have told you except Jagdish Tytler. When did Jagdish Tytler's name come up? It came up when he was fighting Madan Lal Khurana in Delhi, that was months later," he had said.
But Singh today clarified that he had not given a clean chit to Tytler. He said while he had heard the names of other Congress leaders including H K L Bhagat, Lalit Maken and Sajjan Kumar, but not Tytler's from the riot victims living in relief camps.
Singh said he had only stated what he had heard from the people immediately after the riots broke out in New Delhi after the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984.
"It is not for the first time I have said so. I have been saying it for the past 30 years, but why is it now that Akalis and BJP have woken up and decided to protest?" he asked while adding, "for the obvious reasons they want to polarise people for petty political reasons as they are badly losing across Punjab, Amritsar in particular".
Singh said the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 were the most tragic and gruesome and those responsible should be given exemplary punishment.
"I, alongwith my brother and a cousin, besides a friend was the first person to reach out to the riot victims and I toured all the areas. And went to all the Gurdwaras in Delhi where they had taken shelter between November 1 and 4, 1984 and nowhere was Tytler's name mentioned," Singh said.
He said it was for the courts and CBI to decide on the case.
Training his gun at Congress, Jaitley today alleged that those guilty for the "state sponsored" violence still remain unpunished.
Describing the "massacre" of innocent Sikhs after the Indira Gandhi as a "black spot" in democracy, the BJP leader, wrote in his blog, "The fact that the innocents can be killed in thousands is terrible. What is worse is that the guilty went unpunished."
He later said the defence of the guilty by Singh is "another blot" on the country.
Akali Dal today staged a protest outside Congress headquarters here against Singh's remarks on the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
Scores of Akali activists reached the Congress office at 24, Akbar Road, holding placards and raised anti-Congress slogans and clashed with police, which had erected barricades to stop them.
As the protesters refused to budge, police resorted to use of water cannon to disperse them.
Referring to the protests staged by the Akali and BJP workers, Singh said, it showed their frustration as they are not able to generate any momentum in Punjab. Their rallies in Amritsar are failing and getting cancelled and now they are trying to resort to emotive issues.
"They have always opened the old wounds of people for their petty partisan interests and they are doing the same now," he said, adding that "my naming or not naming someone is immaterial as the matter is under investigation and will be decided by the courts".
Meanwhile, All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and radical Damdami Taksal urged the Election Commission to direct political parties not to exploit the issue of 1984 riots for political mileage.
Punjab's key political outfits SAD, BJP and Congress should not exploit the issue of the 1984 riots during their campaigning, AISSF head Karnail Singh Peer Mohammed and Damdami Taksal chief Mokham Singh said at Moga.
This utterance by Amrinder will surely alarm Sikhs Voters.He has harmed himself immensely and given a big handle to Akali-BJP combine.
Manish Tiwari withdrew from Ludhiana knowing very well he is no match to Mr H S Phulka who is fighting for the rights of the Sikh victims .
Chapter 84: Cobrapost Investigates Complicity of Delhi Police in Anti-Sikh Riots in Delhi
Cobrapost exposes for the first time on camera the complicity of Delhi Police officers in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, which resulted in more than 3,000 deaths in the national capital
New Delhi: In an investigation, Cobrapost exposes officers of Delhi Police. While most of them candidly admitting to their failure as a force, some of them confessed that the top brass of the police force colluded with the government of the day to teach Sikhs “a lesson”. These police officers are Shoorveer Singh Tyagi, then Station House Officer (SHO) Kalyanpuri; Rohtas Singh, SHO Delhi Cantonment; S. N. Bhaskar, SHO Krishna Nagar; O. P. Yadav, SHO Srinivaspuri; and Jaipal Singh, SHO Mehrauli. S.C. Tandon, then chief of police, conveniently parried all questions and Gautam Kaul, then Additional Commissioner of Police, straightaway rejected the idea that he had any first-hand knowledge of rioting. Amrik Singh Bhullar, then the SHO of Patel Nagar – who the Cobrapost reporter also met – had named some local leaders in his affidavit, accusing them of instigating and even leading the frenzied mobs.
Cobrapost Special Correspondent Asit Dixit met all these officials who are now retired, enjoying all the perks and benefits that government servants are entitled to. In their interviews with Dixit, these officials make the following confessions: • The police force had succumbed to anti-Sikh sentiments, thus abetting rioting and arson, even encouraging rioters
• Warnings about the simmering communal sentiments against Sikhs went unheard by senior officers
• While news of arson and rioting bombarded the police control rooms, only two per cent of the messages were recorded
• Police logbooks were conveniently changed to eliminate evidence of inaction on the part of senior officers
• Some officers did not act for fear of punishment being transferred
• Some police officers dumped bodies of victims somewhere else to minimize riot-related crimes
• The police did not allow the victims of rioting file FIRs or when they filed FIRs, they clubbed many cases of murder and arson that took in disparate places in one FIR
• Messages were broadcast directing police to not take action against rioters who were shouting slogans of ‘Indira Gandhi zindabad’
• The government of the day did not allow the police to act while creating an impression that the police were not performing their duty
• Senior police officers did not allow their subordinates to open fire on rioters
• Even the Fire Brigade refused to move to areas where cases of arson had been reported by police.
The operational dysfunction was so marked through the rank and file of Delhi Police that the Kusum Lata Mittal Committee, formed on the recommendation of the Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission, had identified 72 police officers for their connivance in the riots and arson or gross negligence in discharging their duty. Of these, the committee had sought 30 police officers to be dismissed. However, such recommendations fell through for obvious reasons.
Some of the officers interviewed by Cobrapost were unanimous in condemning the dubious role of former Commissioner of Police S. C. Tandon played in not providing leadership to the force. At least three officers castigated the then police chief without mincing words. For instance, Tyagi criticizes Tandon for acting under the influence of the government of the day: “Toh jaane anjane mein wo government ke influence mein rahe hain ki unhone mismangage kiya shuru mein aur do din jab asal mein baat jab haath se nikal gayi (So, knowingly or unknowingly, he was under the influence of the government. He mismanaged in the beginning and in the first two days the situation went out of control). Similarly, Yadav accuses Tandon of not providing leadership to the force, while Bhaskar says that instead of singling out some station house officers, the police chief’s head should have rolled.....
>> BJP questioning the "clean chit" to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.
BJP should also question the "clean chit" to Gujarat CM Modi.
>> Jaitley today alleged that those guilty for the "state sponsored" violence still remain unpunished.
True! One of them is even BJP's PM candidate!
Well a new History Book is being released titled " 1984 Riots -RSS ki Sajish ""
The Authors and Publishers are the same who Published 26/11 Rss ki Sajish .
Mr Digvijay singh and A R Auntuley have written the Forward.
The book has been reviewed by World renowned Cair Member .Also Vinod Mehta has highly appreciated the earth shaking discoveries of the Authors .
Await ********* ( Eleven Star) Review of the Book in Outlook.