December 14, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New York, United States (December 14, 2011): An eyewitness has come forward with startling account of how he was present in front of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on October 31, 1984 when Bachchan shouted pointing towards a Sikh in the crowd “Maro saalon ko, desh ke ghaddaron ko”.
Witness Manjit Singh Saini, 52, originally from Kalu Sarai, Delhi presently residing in California, USA has decided to break his silence after Amitabh Bachchan approached Sri Akal Takhat Sahib pleading innocence. According to Saini, this however is not the first time that he is giving statement regarding Bachchan’s role in instigating killing of Sikhs. Earlier in 1985 he had submitted a written statement to the staff of the then Senior Officer of Delhi Police Ved Marwah, who was then investigating the November 1984 killing of Sikhs. Blaming Marwah for inaction, Saini stated that despite his written statement regarding Bachchan’s inciting violence against Sikh, no action of was taken against Bachchan by Delhi Police. Recounting the ordeal that he faced after submitting his 1985 statement to Delhi Police, Saini stated that he was forced to move from place to place while his house in Kalu Sarai continues to be under illegal occupation since November 1984.
According to Saini, on October 31, 1984 he saw Amitabh Bachchan walking out of AIIMS and screaming on top of his voice “Sikho ne Indira Ji ko mar dala” and then pointing to a turbaned Sikh man in the crowd, Bachchan roared “Maro saalon ko, desh ke ghaddaron ko”. Bachchan raised his arm and continued shouting “khoon ke cheentay Sikhon ke ghar tak puhnchanay chahiyay” and “khoon ka badla khoon”. The crowd, which was calm prior to Bachchan’s slogans became violent and attacked a Sikh in the gathering and how I narrowly escaped, stated Saini. According to Saini, “the whole incident of how Bachchan incited people against Sikhs in front of AIIMS reeled before my eyes as soon as I learnt that Bachchan is denying having incited violence against Sikhs”. In fact Bachchan used his super star status to ignite violence against Sikhs across India, added Saini.
Saini has given his sworn statement to Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) which is seeking criminal prosecution against Bachchan in Australia under “The Criminal Code Act 1995” which gives Australian courts jurisdiction in cases involving crimes against humanity even when such crime is committed outside Australia. According to Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, international human rights lawyer SFJ will submit Saini’s eyewitness account regarding Bachchan’s open call of violence against Sikhs to Australian Federal Police (AFP) to investigate Bachchan’s role in November 1984.
Copies of Red card (Translated to English), Evidence of Property in Delhi and affidavit of Manjeet Singh Saini are available with Sikh Siyasat Network.
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