The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday charged PM Naredenra Modi-headed Central government for doing “nothing to ensure justice” for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, and asked the BJP and its ally, Shiromani Akali Dal, to stop creating an atmosphere of “confusion” by resorting to rumour mongering.
AAP leader Ashutosh and AAP MLA from Rajauri Garden, Jarnail Singh, said at a press conference that the Central government attempted to “scandalise the false news” about a file related to the 1984 riots had gone missing from the Delhi secretariat. They said that step was “aimed at creating confusion”.
Ashutosh said that some news channels “walked into the trap laid by BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal” and ran the unsubstantiated news, “which turned out to be false”.
He said that after coming to power for the first time, it was Arvind Kejriwal’s Delhi government that took initiative to form Special Investigation Team in the 1984 massacre of Sikhs and had recommended its formation to the Central government after passing the same in the state cabinet.
“The Modi government kept sitting on the decision for a year and announced formation of the SIT only after Aam Aadmi Party won the elections. The announcement was made by Modi government one day before Arvind Kejriwal took oath as Chief Minister for the second time [in February last year], only because it knew that the AAP would pick the issue on priority after forming the government,” Jarnail Singh said.
“Now, Mr. Modi needs to tell the nation that his SIT, [which] was supposed to file its report in six months’ time, why it has not been filed yet? How long Mr. Modi wants Sikhs to wait? They have been waiting for last 31 years for justice to be delivered,” he said.
Taking to task for double standards by the Modi government and its partner Shiromani Akali Dal, Jarnail Singh pointed out that both the CBI and Delhi Police are under the Central government.
“Why have 1984 massacre cases not been reopened for investigation so far? Are these parties satisfied with what police and CBI have done so far in these cases in the name of delivering justice? Why did the CBI or Delhi Police not take Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar on police remand for questioning?” asked Jarnail Singh.
“Arms dealer Abhishek Verma has filed an affidavit in the court telling how key witnesses were bribed by Jagdish Tytler abroad to sabotage the case, but the CBI under Modi ji gave a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in Karkarduma court, which was rejected by the court and the court had also rebuked the CBI. Why don’t Shiromani Akali Dal leaders go and protest against police and CBI?” he wondered.
Jarnail Sing also said that former Delhi Police Commissioner Ved Marwah in his book has disclosed that during his inquiry, he had seized all FIRs and Daily Diaries of the Police related to 1984, but his report later went missing.
Jarnail Singh asked why the Modi government does not take out that report now and make it public to bring out the truth. He said the BJP and SAD have nothing to do with the pain and agony of the community, and that they had always exploited Sikh sentiments for electoral benefits.
Party’s state convenor Dilip Pandey said that if Modi’s SIT did not deliver, the AAP will appeal to Delhi Government to explore possibilities and form a separate SIT to deliver justice to the Sikh community, which has been waiting for 31 long years.