1984 Riots: When Delhi’s Muslim residents stopped violent mobs from killing Sikhs

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Sanjiv Bhatt

A first hand account of an eyewitness to the Sikh carnage of 1984. Delhi:
“Those days we lived in Saket.

The mob led by Congress AND Sanghi goons came from the direction of Madangir-Khanpur, burnt the Gurudwara near the G and H Block, attacked a granthi who lay injured on the road – pieces of a smashed harmonium scattered around him.

The residents, the Saket bhadralok, watched impassively; none volunteered to take the injured granthi in their car to the hospital. Finally an army vehicle was stopped and after much pleading an officer agreed to help.

The conduct of the residents of the nearby locality of Hauz Rani (overwhelmingly Muslim) was in contrast to this.

They all gathered on the road and did not allow the mob to pass through Hauz Rani or the Khirki area to Malviya Nagar to look for Sikh targets. I saw empathy rather than expression of any old grudge among the Muslims of the area. 

The upshot was that soon after this, reports started appearing in a Hindi daily about Hauz Rani becoming a ‘Mini Pakistan.’

The author, a former IPS officer, was sacked by the BJP government after he testified against Narendra Modi in Gujarat riots case. The views expressed here are his own and jantakareporter.com does not endorse them.

4 COMMENTS

  1. asshole why do you wanna drag RSS in this …u even wet ur pants at night thinking of RSS …Supreme court has already kicked ur balls

  2. In 1998 the All- India Radio (AIR) Vadodara was on the target of terrorists to blasts during Kargil War years of Pakistan War against India. The AIR Vadodara become a vulnerable Institute due to its 95 meters high Transmission tower as the AIR Vadodara safety fencing walls are encroached and near by societies constructed the Cabins on the AIR Safety walls making the AIR building vulnerable unsafe as any terrorists may jump the AIR Vadodara building to broad caste any wrong messages to the Nation during Kargil War years. No action taken by the Collector of Vadodara and Municipal Commissioner of VMSS to remove illegal constructions on the safety wall of AIR despite the inspection note on 16 April , 1999 that the AIR building become vulnerable for terrorists attack as per the inspection note of Industrial Safety of Ministry of Home Affairs to remove the illegal encroachments from the AIR Safety walls. But all in vain by the corrupt bureaucrats of Vadodara not to take any action from 1998 to 2916 for 18 years during the terrorism against India era. WHY?

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