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ATR on Nanavati panel mere eyewash: SAD
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
Akalis today decried the action taken report on the Nanavati Commission on 1984 anti-Sikh riots as a “mere eyewash”, and blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his failure to secure justice to the members of the community even 21 years after more than 3,000 persons were killed in an organised manner by Congress leaders in the heart of the Indian capital.

“Prime Minister had a clear image. But, his failure to secure justice to the members of his own community would always remain as a black spot,” said Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal in the Lok Sabha.

Talking to reporters after the report was tabled today, Dhindsa said, “The members of the community had high expectations that they would finally get justice with a Sikh at the helm of affairs. That hope has been dashed.”

SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “The commission’s report and the action taken report on it are an eyewash aimed at protecting senior Congress leaders.” He said 21 years have passed and nine inquiry commissions have submitted their reports but none of the guilty has been punished.

Denying his involvement in the riots, Union Minister Jagdish Tytler told mediapersons that he was ready to face inquiry if any evidence comes up. He said the evidence on which the commission based its observations was withdrawn by the accuser.

“The Commission has based its remarks on me on the basis of an affidavit filed by one Surinder Singh, which was later withdrawn by him,” Tytler said. He said, “do not attach my name to other Congress leaders (who have been named in the report).”

The Nanavati Commission has observed that there is a “credible evidence” to the effect that he was “very probably” had a hand in organising attacks on Sikhs.

Apart from Tytler, Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and late Dharam Dass Shastri have been accused of the involvement in the riots.

BJP leader S.S. Ahluwalia took objection to the use of word riots to describe killings of Sikhs in the wake of assassination of Indira Gandhi saying that it was “genocide.”

He said the Nanavati Commission report has tried to exonerate those involved in the killings of thousands of Sikhs and wanted action against all those mentioned in the report. “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself was a Sikh and the ATR of the government on the report has dealt a blow to his image,” Ahluwalia said.

Meanwhile, Sikh organisations have decided to take out a protest march to Parliament tomorrow and copies of the action taken report would be burnt.

“It is strange that for the killing of 3000 people, not a single person has been held guilty. The report has given a boost to the morale of rioters. Anyone can commit a crime and can easily get away,” said Akali Dal (Panthak) President Manjit Singh.

“We are trying to bring all Sikh groups under single umbrella for launching the protest on a big scale,” he said.

The pro-Congress Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee President Paramjit Singh Sarna said, “The government should reconsider its stand. If it fails to deliver justice, it would amount to murder of democracy.”


Akal Takht rejects report
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 8
The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti today completely rejected the Nanavati report tabled in Parliament .

Jathedar Vedanti said the community had lost faith in such commissions. He said the findings had given an impression that the Sikhs could not expect justice by constituting commissions.

The victims including the families who were tortured and butchered, had been waiting for the past 21 years to see those directly involved in the anti-Sikh riots hanged. He said everybody in the country including the judiciary, knew that innocent Sikhs were killed mercilessly.

However, all those involved in the riots had been roaming scotfree. Jathedar Vedanti said the denial of justice to the riot victims had destroyed the basic tenets of democracy.


Minorities panel not satisfied with report
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
Unsatisfied with the Nanavati Commission report, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) will hold a detailed discussion on the report on Wednesday.

Calling it a complete let down of hopes of the victims, the NCM chairperson, Mr Tarlochan Singh, said the report, like all similar efforts in the past, would also end up in archives without any action being taken.

Also criticising the Action Taken Report (ATR) of the government, he said the purpose of the ATR seemed only to dilute whatever little recommendations had been made by the commission.

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