Members of Sikh Katl-e-Aam Welfare Society were lathicharged at Mini Secretariat when they tried to lock the DC office Wednesday morning. They were protesting outside the Mini Secretariat for the past two days along with five widows of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims who are sitting on a hunger strike for an indefinite period under the leadership of Gurdip Kaur, head of women’s wing of the society. Their hunger strike entered the third day Wednesday.
They stated that hunger strike has been launched to press upon rehabilitation of the riot victims. Surjit Singh, president of the welfare society, claimed that as per the Punjab and Haryana High Court order, all 1984 riot victims who have red cards are supposed to get possession of MIG flats and Rs 2 lakh grant each. However, not many have been given the benefit. “A number of files related to red cards are pending and no work is being done to provide these cards,” Singh said.
Claiming that the women are demanding five per cent reservation in government jobs, Kaur said,”In Delhi, riot victims were given a grant of Rs 5 lakh each by the Modi-led NDA government, so why can’t the same be done by the Punjab government.”
The members threatened that till the time their demands will not be met, they will continue with their hunger strike. So far they have not been called for any talks by district administration.