Sikh group to launch campaign for justice in 1984 riots case

January 17th, 2009 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) A Sikh group Saturday said it will launch an international campaign to build pressure on the Indian government and ensure justice for those affected in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. “In the same way that India is mounting pressure on Pakistan for repeated terror attacks, we too are prepared to build pressure from all over the world to seek justice in the case. Our people are already working for it.

“We demand from the central government to take timely and concrete action in the case, else it will spoil the country’s image around the world,” All India Sikh Conference (AISC) President Gurucharan Singh Babbar said.

He said AISC is all set to launch an international campaign to seek justice.

Babbar said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is investigating the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, has lost its credibility. He has written to CBI director Ashwini Kumar demanding immediate dismissal of concerned CBI officials.

“The CBI team, which had gone to the US to record statements of two witnesses in the case, was to file a field report in the court but after their return they leaked the information to the media stating that the statements of the two witnesses regarding the role of Congress leader Jagdish Tytler could not be trusted.

“I have enough evidence that when the CBI officials returned to India, they informed the prime accused Tytler about the statements of witnesses. The CBI has shown clear intention of closing the case,” Babbar said.

The case is scheduled to be heard in the court Jan 22.

Babbar said: “When CBI had called me for giving statement last year, a top official told me that they were under immense pressure to close the investigation soon.”

He said he does not trust the CBI and told the official that he would give a statement only in court.

Regarding the key witness Jasbir Singh, he said: “After officials questioned him in the US, I talked to Jasbir and he told me that the statement he had given to the officials was the same as what he had given in an affidavit over two decades ago, which had been ignored earlier.”

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