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Sikh Diaspora demands justice for 1984 riots from judiciary

Amritsar , Wed, 10 Apr 2013 ANI

Amritsar, April 10 (ANI):The Sikh diaspora on Wednesday demanded justice for victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in wake of a Delhi Court setting aside the CBI closure report on the role of senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.

They stated that even after 28 years, justice had not been delivered to the families of the victims.

They also questioned as to why the culprits involved in that pogrom were still scot free in various parts of the country.

American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) President H.S. Hothi and Coordinator Dr.Pritpal Singh said in a statement issued here that as per the orders of the court today, the case will be re-opened now against Tytler, and they hope that justice will be given to the victims of the riots.

The U.S. Sikh leaders said the role of the CBI had always been suspicious, and as the Delhi Court has now asked the investigating agency to probe the case again and record the relevant evidences, there is some hope for justice.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Avtar Singh Makkar said: "Even after 28 years, the victim Sikh families whose members were butchered in various parts of India, including in national capital Delhi, were waiting for justice. As the court has directed the CBI to re-investigate the cases relating the involvement of the senior Congress leader, we hope that justice will prevail.''

Makkar said Sikhs have no faith in the CBI.

A former president of the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee and Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi), Paramjit Singh Sarna said that he still very skeptical about the outcome of today's court order.

He said that justice could be achieved for victims of the riots only through fast track courts, otherwise they would have to wait for another 28 years for fair treatment.

Dal Khalsa general Secretary Kanwarpal Singh said: "The top judiciary must watch the investigations and ensure that the probe reaches its logical conclusion, as already, a lot of time has elapsed and the Sikhs have not got justice.''

"It is painful that the culprits are still scot free even after so many years," he added. By Ravinder Singh Robin (ANI)

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