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Sikhs protest against CBI's clean chit to Tytler

Sikhs protest against CBI's clean chit to Tytler

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 6, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/167686/Sikhs-protest-against-CBIs-clean-chit-to-Tytler.html

Hundreds of Sikhs here today held a demonstration in protest against the CBI's clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Led by Sikh organisations, over 600 slogan-shouting members of the community, some of them carrying placards and displaying swords, took out a protest rally from Nanak Nagar Gurdwara to Gandhi Nagar Gurdwara in the city and also burnt effigies of Tytler.

Addressing the gathering, leader of state unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) Manmohan Singh Khalsa said Sikhs have expressed serious concern over the clean chit to the senior Congress leader.

"It is a pity that instead of giving justice to aggrieved Sikh community, the CBI has given clean chit to the conspirators of the 1984 carnage," he alleged.

Demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over the issue, Khalsa said, "If Prime Minister is a real Sikh, he should resign."

The placards carried slogans like "Hang Tytler for Sikh killings; Indian secularism is only a drama; Minorities are not safe in India; Tytler hai hai, CBI hai hai, Congress hai hai and PM hai hai".

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Jammu and Kashmir, state units of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Sikh Students Federation were among the groups that participated in the protest rally.Meanwhile, Pradesh BJP secretary Chanderjit Singh Khalsa claimed that by letting off Tytler, the Congress has ditched the entire Sikh community of the nation.

"It is a blot on Indian democracy that deep-rooted conspirators of the riots got a clean chit from CBI," he told reporters, adding Tytler has been given a mandate by Congress to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Noting that it was the previous BJP-led NDA government which appointed the Nanavati Commission to probe the riots, Khalsa said that if BJP is voted to power at the Centre, it will again raise this issue.

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