Srinagar: The students of Gurmat Taksal (IGS) Jammu and Kashmir and Sikh Sangat of Kashmir on Thursday protested against the ‘Sikh genocide that had taken place in 1984’ and remembered the Sikhs who had been ‘killed by Hindutva goons’, which it claimed were ‘sponsored by the ruling government of India’.
Some of the ‘free culprits’ the statement names include Sajan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi and veteran actor, Amitabh Bachchan.
The statement said, “in the pogrom, which took place throughout India, about 30,000 Sikhs were killed, many burnt and roasted alive. Gurudwaras including saroops of Guru Granth Sahib Ji were burnt, the women raped and upto two lakh Sikhs displaced.”
Official Indian government reports numbered the killed around 2,800 across India, including 2,100 in Delhi. Independent sources estimate the number of deaths at about 8,000, including at least 3,000 in Delhi.
The hair and beard of the Sikhs were also chopped off, the statement further read.
The protest was led by senior member Gurmat Taksal S Davinder Singh Bujang. Among other senior members who were present in the protest were S Angad Singh and S Sukhpreet Singh.
Stating that no justices were delivered even after 34 years, Davinder Singh Bujang said that demanding justice has now become a distant dream.
“Today we are assembled here only to remember them & do Ardas in their memory. We pay homage to all of them. We will never forget this,” he said.