1984 Sikh Carnage Will Remain Afresh In The Psyche Of Every Sikh, Says Prakash Singh Badal

14/12/2015 8:55 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
FILE - In this March 3, 2007 file photo, Parkash Singh Badal, chief minister of the Indian state of Punjab, pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. Badal is expected to visit Wisconsin for a July 6, 2013, wedding and a Sikh group accusing him of human-rights violations has doubled its reward to $20,000 to anyone who serves him with a federal summons while he’s here. (AP Photo/Deepak Sharma, File)

TARN TARAN -- The Sikh community will never forgive the Congress for "hatching" the conspiracy of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said yesterday.

"The wounds of 1984 Sikh carnage will remain afresh in the psyche of every Sikh, and the Sikh community will never forgive Congress for hatching the conspiracy of this dastardly act," Badal said.

After laying the foundation stone of a new police station building here, the Chief Minister said it was a well-known fact that the "heinous crime", in which hundreds of innocent Sikhs were massacred, was "planned and executed" by the then Congress government at the Centre.

Badal said besides "planning this genocide", Congress has rubbed salt into the wounds of Sikhs by "shielding and honoring" the perpetrators of this barbaric incident with coveted positions.

The Chief Minister said Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), being the sole custodian of rights of Sikhs, had raised the issue of justice for victims of this genocide with the Government of India time and again, and this crusade will continue till exemplary punishment is not ensured to the guilty.

Badal said he had also taken up this issue with the NDA government at the Centre, which has assured to give justice to the victims of this genocide.

"This issue has bruised the psyche of every Sikh and SAD is duty-bound to ensure that its perpetrators were brought to the book," Badal said.

Refuting the charges of political vendetta leveled by the opposition parties, the Chief Minister said not even a single case has been registered by police out of vendetta and such allegations are totally baseless.

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