EXCLUSIVE interview to LokMarg, senior advocate and human rights activist
Harvinder Singh Phoolka speaks about his relentless 35-year legal battle to
gets justice for victims of Sikh massacre in November 1984, and the need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for
the Sikh community.
the violence as genocide, Phoolka measures his success as moderate since “only
one big fish” (Sajjan Kumar) could be sent to jail while accused like Jagdish
Tytler, Kamal Nath not only remained free but also held important posts in several
recounts that mobs ran amok, in full collusion with police and administration,
whereas Sikhs were even denied the right to defend themselves. He says he will continue
to seek justice in the matter within the framework of Indian Constitution and
Never call 1984 a riot. It was a pogrom, a massacre, a genocide. 3,000 Sikhs slaughtered by Congress mobs in Delhi, several thousands more across 40 cities.
One the other side, there was just one all-important death: Indira Gandhi.#1984SikhGenocide#SajjanKumar#SajjanConvicted
The conviction of five others – former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal, former MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar – were also upheld by the high court.
The high court was hearing the appeals filed by the CBI, riots victims and the convicts, challenging a trial court’s judgement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Kumar was acquitted
The high court had on March 29 last year issued show cause notices to 11 accused, including Khokhar and Yadav, in five 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases which were earlier closed
The riots broke out after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
1984 Sikh Genocide culprits – Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar – share stage with son of the mastermind Rajiv Gandhi on his fast for “Communal Harmony”.
A big irony just fell and shook the earth pic.twitter.com/iMFf3iBU22
— गीतिका (@ggiittiikkaa) April 9, 2018
Tytler, who was later seen in the crowd, has been long accused of instigating rioters against Sikh following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh security guards. Kumar, who left the venue, is also accused of his involvement in two cases related to riots. The charges have been proved against neither.
We are praying for togetherness and for brotherhood, for all religions and castes in the country
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Ajay Maken, however, clarified that the two leaders were not asked to leave. He said the stage and its enclosure at the venue were reserved for some Congress office-bearers.
“We are praying for togetherness and for brotherhood, for all religions and castes in the country so that we can send out a message that all Indian are one and there is no division on caste basis,” Maken said.
The Congress said its leaders were fasting to “promote communal harmony” and protesting against the government’s anti-Dalit policy.
Congress units across the country will also observe a fast that came days after Dalit groups called a “Bharat Bandh” against a Supreme Court order diluting a law aimed at to prevent atrocities against Dalits and tribes.
The government has filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking review of its order.
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