Sikhs in Jharkhand protest Congress tickets to 1984 riots accused

March 26th, 2009 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, March 26 (IANS) Members of the Sikh community in Jharkhand Thursday held protests against the Congress’ move to field those accused of involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the coming general elections.
Hundreds of Sikhs participated in the protests, under the banner of Jharkhand Sikh and Punjabi Cultural Society.

The society’s spokesman Kawaljeet Singh said the community was “hurt” over the Congress issuing tickets for two Lok Sabha seats in Delhi to Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, who faces a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into his alleged role in the riots. He demanded the party change its candidates.

“If the Congress fails to cancel their tickets, then the Sikh community will hit the streets and may call on people not to vote for the Congress,” he said.

Around 3,000 Sikhs were killed in 1984 in riots that broke out following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two of her bodyguards.

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