The 1984 riot victims threaten self-immolation outside CM Parkash Singh Badal’s residence

The five widows, under the leadership of Gurdeep Kaur, the head of women’s wing of Sikh Sikh Qatl-e-aam Welfare Society, are on hunger strike since September 13.

By: Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published:September 16, 2016 5:05 am

A day after they were cane-charged, the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims Thursday said they will stage a dharna outside the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s residence in Chandigarh on September 18. They also threatened that five widows, who lost their husbands in the riots, would immolate themselves on the day.

The five widows, under the leadership of Gurdeep Kaur, the head of women’s wing of Sikh Sikh Qatl-e-aam Welfare Society, are on hunger strike since September 13 outside the Mini Secretariat office, Ludhiana.

Surjeet Singh, president of the welfare society, said the striking women had no choice but to resort to the extreme step as the government was not paying heed to their demands. The demands include issuance of new red cards and compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for victims.