The wheels of justice have started moving against Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath with the union home ministry forwarding a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) memorandum demanding the recording of the statements of eye witnesses who had seen Nath leading a mob during the 1984 mass killing of Sikhs to the Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Disclosing this here today to party President Sukhbir Singh Badal after a meeting with the home secretary yesterday evening, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the SIT has called the DSGMC to submit the name of witnesses and other evidence to it tomorrow. The SIT, which was formed in 2015 by the NDA government, is empowered to examine fresh evidence in the 1984 massacre cases which were closed earlier.
Stating that the Sikh community had moved one step closer to exposing the role of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath in the 1984 genocide, Mr Sukhbir Badal asked DSGMC chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa to request the SIT to record the statements of noted journalist Sanjay Suri and Muktiar Singh, who had already disclosed Nath’s role in leading murderous mobs in 1984.
Mr Badal disclosed that in another major development, the union ministry had decided to consider the case for grant of compensation for all 365 Sikhs who were picked up from Sri Darbar Sahib during Operation Bluestar and then interred in the Jodhpur jail. Only 40 detainees have been awarded punishment as of now.
The SAD president also announced that the union government has decided to consider the case for grant of minority status to Sikhs who had been displaced from Jammu and Kashmir during the period of turmoil in the State. He said the ministry has asked the J&K government to give details in this case. The ministry will also give a formal presentation of the steps it has taken to celebrate the 550th anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji as well as establishment of the Kartarpur Corridor on June 21.
Meanwhile Mr Sirsa briefed the SAD President that in case of the dastardly attack on two Sikhs in Mukerjee Nagar recently; the home ministry had asked for a report from the Delhi police. He said subsequently a case under Sections 247/19 had been registered against all the cops who had resorted to inhuman conduct against the father and son duo.
Disclosing about other issues, Mr Sirsa said the home ministry also disclosed that it would file a review petition in the case of ten persons who had been acquitted with regard to the 1984 massacre. He said the ministry had meanwhile assured to consider other demands submitted to it including formation of a special court for day to day trial of all the cases of 1984 genocide and appointment of the President of the Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded through election by members of its Board.
The DSGMC president said the SAD had also urged the home ministry to grant clemency to Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana by commuting his sentence to life imprisonment, formation of a time-bound committee for release of “Bandi Singhs” (Sikh political prisoners) and award of compensation to Sikh “Dharmi Fauji” (who resigned from the forces in protest against Operation Blue Star).
Among other demands, the delegation urged for giving formal permission for the DSGMC’s Nagar Kirtan to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan on the occasion of 550th Parkash Purv of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It also urged for grant of citizenship to thousands of Afghan Sikhs living in India besides immediate redevelopment of Punjabi Colony, Mumbai which has been declared as dangerous.