Sikh organizations pay tributes to 1984 riot victims

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 3: Various Sikh organizations including Sikh Intellectuals Circle, Shiromani Akali Dal (B), Sikh Students Federation, Sikh Welfare Front and Sikh Nojwan Sabha, today paid rich tributes to victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.
In a meeting of Sikh leaders of these organization held here today under the chairmanship of Tarlochan Singh Wazir, president, J&K Gurudwara Board, to express solidarity with the families of 1984 Anti-Sikh riot victims, wherein it was resolved that Sikh community in J&K will continue to raise its voice against the discrimination with Sikh community.
All Sikh leaders in one voice said that even after a long period of 31 years, the Sikh community is still striving for justice and guilty are roaming free and enjoying protection and patronage by successive regimes.
The speakers said that during the November 1984 riots 17 innocent Sikhs were burnt alive in a Gurudwara at Talwara in Reasi district of J&K but unfortunately till date a single person has not been arrested in connection with the case. “Similarly, successive Governments in J&K failed to deliver justice in January 1989 Anti-Sikh riots in Jammu and killing of innocent Sikhs in Chhitisingpora (Kashmir) in 2000”, they added.
Sikh leaders said that after all these carnages against minority Sikh community which resulted into huge loss of life and property, the continuous denial of justice by the successive Governments is nothing but an endorsement of the crime, which had badly shaken the faith of Sikh community in democracy and justice.
They demanded the Government to provide justice to the victims and publish Ansari Commission Report on 1989 Anti-Sikh riots in Jammu.

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