Victims of anti-Sikh riots ransack Jalandhar Congress office

April 4th, 2009 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Jalandhar, April 4 (IANS) A group of protesters claiming to be victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots Saturday ransacked the main office of the Congress in this Punjab city.
Congress leaders said the protesters were openly carrying swords and sticks and attacked the party office with the police remaining a mute spectator to the whole incident.

The attack on the Congress office, located right opposite the office of the senior superintendent of police (SSP) and the deputy commissioner, took place in the presence of the police, Congress leaders said.

Police officials refused to say anything about the incident.

Office furniture was vandalised and window panes of the building were broken during the attack.

The protesters were agitating against the clean chit given to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in rioting against Sikhs in Delhi in 1984 following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

The protesters first burnt the effigies of Tytler and other Congress leaders before attacking the building.

Congress leaders said they have filed a complaint to the Election Commission against the attack and the lack of action by the police in controlling the protesters.

The Congress is the main opposition party to the Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance government in Punjab.

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