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Dal Khalsa Slams Rahul remark on Commutation of Death Term

The radical Sikh group Dal Khalsa on Thursday asked if the masterminds of 1984 anti-Sikh riots could escape the long arm of law and walk freely in society, why couldn’t the killers of a former Prime Minister lead a normal life after completing 23 years in solitary confinement.

Published: 21st February 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2014 01:30 AM   |  A+A-

The radical Sikh group Dal Khalsa on Thursday asked if the masterminds of 1984 anti-Sikh riots could escape the long arm of law and walk freely in society, why couldn’t the killers of a former Prime Minister lead a normal life after completing 23 years in solitary confinement.

The group’s Kanwar Pal Singh took exception to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s statement that if a Prime Minister’s killers are being released, what kind of justice should the common man expect. “If those who engineered the killings of 3,000 Sikhs can become the Prime Minister and Union ministers, why is there such a hue and cry over the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to set free the killers of Rajiv Gandhi?” he asked.

To drive home his point, Kanwar said “the person who engineered the mass killings of Muslims in Gujarat” was marching towards the prime ministerial chair. He said the group could understand Rahul’s grief and added that the Congress scion should also understand the pain and agony of the victims of the “politics of hatred Rajiv and his coterie had practised”.

Hailing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s “courageous” move to release all seven lifers in the Rajiv murder case, Kanwar said they all deserved freedom.

Taking a dig at Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, he said Badal should emulate his Tamil Nadu counterpart. “Jayalalithaa has always tried to articulate regional aspirations while Badal has always exploited them for electoral gains”, he said.

Commenting on Jairam Ramesh’s statement that the 1984 carnage was a blot on the face of India and the Congress, he lashed out at the Union Minister and wondered what was stopping his government from punishing the perpetrators and remove the blot. What Sikhs want is, he said, accountability and punishment, and not “crocodile tears”.

Meanwhile, Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal also targeted Rahul over his remarks about the apex court decision.



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