Capt Amarinder pursuing old Congress policy of shielding accused of 1984 Sikh genocide: Khaira
Jalandhar: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief spokesperson Sukhpal Khaira on Wednesday outrightly rejected Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh’s logic that Kamal Nath was not guilty of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and asked that what authority he has to give clean chits to the perpetrators of the pogrom.
Khaira trashed the statement and questioned that how could of Capt Amarinder term Kamal Nath ‘not guilty’, especially when no meaningful investigation ever took place for the last 32 years to ensure justice to victims.
Addressing a press conference, Khaira said that the Nanavati Commission had pointed a finger of suspicion against Kamal Nath, a ‘Coterie of Rajiv Gandhi’ for his nefarious role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi. “Two important witnesses too have deposed against congress leader, who was present at the site of crime”, he said.
Khaira said that most importantly, the affidavit filed by Sanjay Suri, an eminent Journalist before the Ranganathan Mishra Commission in 1985 stated that Kamal Nath was present on the scene of crime in the year 1984, clearly pointed a finger on his role that required investigation more deeply. “But Capt Amarinder, now merely sensing danger to his ambition to become Chief Minister was going overboard to protect Kamal Nath. Capt Amarinder was giving ridiculous arguments that just because CM Badal had often met Kamal Nath as a minister or AAP leader Kumar Vishwas had invited him to social function does in no manner prove his innocence”, he said.
The ex-MLA said that rather by openly coming to the defense of Kamal Nath, Capt Amarinder has only reiterated the old congress policy of shielding guilty culprits like Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, HKL Bhagat and Kamal Nath. “Sikh community has been alleging that justice has been denied due to the successive congress governments at the centre, as a result of which no action was taken against the guilty including Kamal Nath”, he added.
He also maintained that it was a matter of shame that a leader like Capt Amarinder was producing photos and self concocted arguments to shield Kamal Nath. “Earlier, also Capt Amarinder had given a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler, merely on the grounds that he had visited a few camps of victims in 1984 and that nobody named Jagdish Tytler. It is now amply clear that even the resignation of Capt Amarinder as an MP in 1984 to protest Operation Blue Star was a political stunt to gain public sympathy.
The AAP leader dared CM Badal to clarify his role for repeatedly meeting Kamal Nath and maintaining cordial relations with him. “AAP demands a public apology from Capt Amarinder for rubbing salt on the wounds of those awaiting justice”, he added.
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