Congress party was responsible for genocide: BJP

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 12:59 hrs

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi on Thursday accused the Congress Party of being responsible for 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

"I can only say that Congress party was responsible for genocide, which happened during 1984. It was a genocide of Sikhs in this country. 3,500 Sikhs alone got killed in Delhi and the number far exceeded across the country,' she said.

"Whenever Congress is in power riots happened, they insight violence and then they see to it that people who are responsible don't even get punished. This is only an example while these things happened in Delhi, people responsible made ministers and continue to be ministers," she added.

Her reactions comes a day after Delhi Court set aside the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) closure report on Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, and ordered the reopening of the case against him in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The CBI had earlier given a clean chit to Tytler in 2007 and in 2009 claiming there was no evidence against him.

However, challenging the closure report filed by the CBI in 2009, Lakhwinder Kaur, whose husband was killed in the riots, argued that the investigating agency had not recorded the testimonies of two key eyewitnesses who have since the riots moved to the United States.

During the arguments on April 4, the CBI prosecutor had sought the dismissal of the plea filed by the victim, saying the probe has made it clear that Tytler was not present on November 1, 1984 at Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed during the riots.

The prosecutor said at the time of the incident, Tytler was at Teen Murti Bhawan, the residence of the then late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Tytler was among the three prominent leaders named in the reports on the anti-Sikh riots. Two other leaders named were Sajjan Kumar and the late HKL Bhagat.

The 1984 anti-Sikh riots, which claimed the lives of almost 3000 Sikhs, were triggered by the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by two of her Sikh bodyguards. 

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