Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has welcomed the Supreme Court decision to order fresh probe, by a new SIT, into 186 cases of the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
Talking to select mediapersons here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said more than 30 years had passed since the gory violence, which claimed many lives and left many others homeless.
It was high time that justice be provided in these cases, said Captain Amarinder, who himself had quit as MP in protest against the violence.
To a question on the ban announced by certain elements on entry of Indian officials in gurdwaras in Canada and the US, the Chief Minister said anyone, be it Sikh or non-Sikh, can enter the ‘guru ghar’ (abode of the Guru) to pay his respects or partake the langar prasad.
It was against the ‘Sikhi’ (tenets of Sikhism) to stop anyone from entering the gurdwaras, he said, condemning the ban as totally wrong.
On the issue of political conferences at Shaheedi Jor Melas, Captain Amarinder said the precedent laid in the case of the Fatehgarh Sahib Jor Mela should be followed for all other Shaheedi Jor Melas, such as Maghi and Chamkaur Sahib.
The Chief Minister, however, made it clear that he was not against holding of political conferences at other Jor Melas which were not related to martyrdom.