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1984 Sikh massacres were ‘genocide’: admits Indian Home Minister

December 26, 2014 | By

New Delhi, India: India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday (Dec. 26) described the Sikh massacres of November 1984 as ‘genocide’ and said that several persons who had a “role” in the carnage are yet to be punished.

“In these incidents, there are several persons who are yet to be punished. I have faith in our judicial system and these persons will definitely get punishment,” Rajnath said on Friday after distributing cheques of enhanced compensation to the victims of November 1984 in Tilak Vihar area of west Delhi.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing media. [File Photo]

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing media. [File Photo]

Rajnath Singh also said that he has constituted a committee under a retired judge to look into the grievances of victims of 1984 genocide. “I want to assure that after getting complaints through this committee, government will solve them,” he said.

It is notable that the Indian state never recognized the fact of Sikh genocide 1984, rather Indian state and the media consistently tired to hide/deny the truth by labeling the events as ‘anti-Sikh riots’. It is for the first time that an Indian home minister has used the term ‘genocide’ to refer to the events of November 1984.

The BJP led Indian government had recently announced to provide additional Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of Sikhs killed in November 1984 massacres.

Calling the events of November 1984 a “genocide”, Indian Home Minister said, “It was not riot, it was genocide instead. Hundreds of innocent people were killed.”

Meanwhile, some kin of the victims of Sikh Genocide 1984 said they want the culprits to be punished instead of the compensation.

“My pain cannot be reduced by money and I want to see culprits being punished. Even after 30 years, main culprits are roaming free,” 70-year-old Amarjeet, whose husband Satnam was killed in during 1984 genocide, said after receiving the cheque from the Rajnath Singh.

“We cannot expect anything from the government. These massacres took place in 1984, but the justice is yet to prevail. “I don’t want money but justice,” Bakshish Kaur, whose husband was also killed in the genocide.

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