NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday handed over a cheque of `5 lakh each to 16 widows and next of kin of families who had lost their dear ones in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 that followed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards.
“That the incidents of 1984 riots were unfortunate and were a blot on the Indian culture. It is evident from the history that whenever there has been any damage or attack on the Indian culture and civilization the Sikhs have given their sacrifices” the Home Minister said on the occasion.
And the ministry’s Grievance Redressal Committee, which is headed by a retired High Court Judge, will look into the grievances of the riot victims. Some 3,000 people were killed in the violence by mobs allegedly led by Congress leaders. And total number of cases of death--2459-- which were earlier provided solatium will be given the enhanced compensation as decided by the government after verification. Lt Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung was also present on the occasion along with the BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh, Delhi Chief Secretary D M Spolia and state BJP chief Satish Upadhyaya. According to Jung,” The incidents of 1984 were shocking and tragic and the damage caused to the victims cannot be compensated by words. We all as a society are ashamed of these incidents”. Meanwhile, the AAP has accused the BJP of trying to win over Sikh voters ahead of the Delhi polls.
“Now that Delhi polls are here, the BJP has decided to hand over the compensation package to just 17 families. But what about the remaining 2733 people. “Distributing compensation ahead of elections with the BJP state president seated on the dais is nothing but a facade. The BJP is offering lollipops ahead of polls,” AAP Delhi convener Ashutosh said.