Sikhs to stage protest rally outside Sonia Gandhi’s residence

April 5th, 2009 - 11:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Chandigarh, April 5 (IANS) Upset over clean chit by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, various Sikh organisations Sunday called for a protest outside the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi Tuesday.
Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion located inside the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, has asked Sikhs to join the protest outside 10 Janpath, the residence of Gandhi.

Akal Takht Jathedar (chief) Gurbachan Singh appealed to the Sikh community to reach Delhi for the protest organised by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the mini-parliament of Sikh religious affairs.

“Sikhs should unitedly protest this injustice to victims of those riots,” the Akal Takht chief said in Amritsar.

The Sikh leadership is upset that Tytler, who was accused of inciting mobs against the Sikhs in 1984, was given a clean chit by the CBI just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The riots erupted following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards at her official residence.

The CBI cleared Tytler of the allegations, saying the witnesses against him were not reliable.

Tytler is a Congress candidate from northeast Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

The Akal Takht chief also supported the ‘rail roko’ (stop trains) protest call by radical Sikh organisation, Damdami Taksal.

Hundreds of Sikhs were killed and injured in riots in Delhi and other parts of the country that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

Congress leaders Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, H.K.L. Bhagat and others were accused of leading the rioters against the community in Delhi.

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