On Saturday, the 30th anniversary of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal visited the rehabilitation colony of riot victims in Tilak Vihar and demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be set up to probe riot cases. This comes just weeks before the bypolls in three Assembly seats on November 25.
Kejriwal also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asking him to constitute an SIT to probe the 1984 riots.
Giving a miss to Vande matram and Bharat mata ki jai, his usual greeting at the beginning of rallies, Kejriwal greeted the audience in Punjabi, “Jo bole so nihal, sat Sri akal. Waheguru ji da Khalsa, te waheguru di fateh.”
Kejriwal said, “Thirty years have passed, those people have got no justice. They have been running to courts but the guilty are still free. Had the guilty been punished, riots in Gujarat would not have taken place.”
Kejriwal spoke about the measures that his 49-day government had taken for the riot victims. “Within 30 days of coming to power, we called for an SIT. The BJP and the Congress did not do this. This means that their intentions were wrong. Political parties do not want to solve people’s problems, they want to indulge in vote bank politics,” Kejriwal said.
He attacked the BJP and Congress for making false promises before elections and said that if his party came to power in Delhi, he would take a series of measures for the 1984 riot victims.
Making a pitch for fresh elections in the capital, Kejriwal said, “Whenever I am given a chance and if the AAP comes to power, we will ensure that their houses get repaired. The condition of the children of these people is bad. There are no decent schools in Tilak Vihar.”
In his letter to Modi, Kejriwal welcomed the compensation of Rs 5 lakh for riot victims and their kin. He also stressed on the need for setting up an SIT to probe the 1984 riots. “To give them justice, the AAP government had recommended the formation of an SIT. But before it could be notified, our government fell… for the last six months your government is at the Centre. But no action has been taken. I request you to immediately constitute an SIT so that the guilty are punished,” Kejriwal’s letter said.