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Akali Dal, SGPC reject riot report

Tuesday 9 August 2005

Staff Correspondent

"A shameful governmental shield for killers and rapists," says Parkash Singh Badal

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VOCIFEROUS PROTESTS: Akali Dal MPs raising slogans outside Parliament House soon after the Nanavati Commission report was tabled in Parliament. - PHOTO: V. SUDERSHAN

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal has described the Centre’s Action Taken Report (ATR) on the Nanavati Commission’s indictment of Congress leaders for organising and leading the brutal massacre of innocent Sikhs in 1984 as "a shameful governmental shield for killers and rapists."

Reacting to the events in Parliament on Monday, Mr. Badal through a statement issued here said, "August 8 will go down in history as a day of national humiliation, constitutional disgrace and daylight murder of rule of law and human values. The report and the Government’s follow up are destined to become a witness of the extent to which the conscience of the nation had been muted."

President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Bibi Jagir Kaur rejected the Commission’s report as well as the Government’s ATR, as a mere eyewash aimed at protecting those guilty. She described it a cheap political gimmick by the Congress.

Mr. Badal said no one had expected justice from the Congress-led Government at the Centre, but it had exceeded all limits to hand out a verdict that virtually paints the victims of 1984 as the villains. He said the development had dealt a deathblow to the hopes of those who had believed that the events of 1984 were a tragic aberration and that the country would bring about the necessary moral and constitutional rectification by punishing the guilty.

Mr. Badal asked Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh if his self-respect still allowed him to keep clinging to his job in the wake of the brazen denial of justice to the Sikhs by his party. "Let him tell the people of Punjab if he seriously believes that the Congress leaders were not guilty of this most heinous massacre of innocent men, women and children in 1984," he said.

Mr. Badal also took on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and said it was her personal, political and moral responsibility to speak the truth and ensure deliverance of justice as UPA chairperson.

The Akali leader said the Nanavati report had enough evidence against senior Congress leaders such as Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Dharam Das Shastri. The Commission’s report and the Government’s ATR had rubbed salt in the gaping wounds of the Sikhs, Mr. Badal said.

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