Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday distributed compensation cheques to the victims of 1984 sikh riot on its 31st anniversary.
Arvind Kejriwal said that if victims of 1984 Sikh riot had got justice then “brutal attacks like 2002 Gujrat riot and Dadri” would not have taken place.
Attacking the BJP, which governs the Centre, for the 2002 Gujarat riot and the mob-lynching of a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri in September, he said the BJP had only tried to score political points from the riots.
“Had 84 sikh riot victims got justice, brutal attacks like 2002 and Dadri wouldn’t have taken place. Never before has it happened that the President had to speak up on intolerance,” Kejriwal said.
“Centre formed a Special Investigation Team on the 1984 riot just a day before 14th February – a day before my government came to power. The Centre was scared I will put honest officers in the SIT and the guilty will be brought to the book,” he said.
Kejriwal distributed cheques of Rs. 5 lakhs each to the victims of the riots. He said that while the Centre had announced the increased compensation, it had not taken it forward.
“Compensation is fine but when we see our perpetrators walk freely it still boils our blood. We want justice,” said one relatives of a victim.
“Today when an incident takes place, governments announce Rs. 50 lakhs each of the families. Look at us 31 years of agony, and still no justice and then Rs. 5 lakh,” said another.
The riots took place after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984. About 3,000 people were killed in violence by mobs allegedly led by Congress leaders.
The BJP has long championed the cause of Sikhs targeted in the riots and recently announced hike in compensation for the victims’ families. But Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party have accused the BJP of trying to win over Sikh voters ahead of elections.