November 27, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New York (November 27, 2011): While India’s President Pratibha Devisingh Patil is scheduled to present “The Standards” to 6 Lancer, a regiment of Armoured Corp which took part in Operation Blue Star, infamous and notorious Army attack on Darbar Sahib Amritsar in June 1984, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) a Human Rights NGO, working to unravel the true facts about November 1984 Sikh Genocide, has raised questions and concerns regarding President Patil’s role in November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.
Several hundred Sikhs were killed in Jalgaon District of Maharashtra in November 1984 while Pratibha Patil was Congress (I) MLA and Cabinet Minister in Maharashtra Government, SJF claims in a statement, copy of which is available with Sikh Siyasat Network.
As per Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal Advisor, SFJ, in the State of Maharashtra it was only Jalgaon and surrounding areas where several hundred Sikhs were killed in November 1984 while Pratibha Patil was Congress (I) MLA, as per more than 70 affidavits submitted by surviving family members of the victims to Justice Nanavati Commission. In addition to President Patil’s mentor-protégé relationship with late Ms. Indira Gandhi, stated attorney Pannun, the fact that in November 1984 President Patil was Congress (I) MLA from Jalgaon area and a Cabinet Minister in Maharashtra, raises serious questions and concerns about her possible involvement in the killing of Sikhs in her constituency while Sikhs were not killed in the rest of Maharashtra in November 1984.
“As per the findings of Justice Nanavati Commission, it is a matter of record that it was Congress leadership which organized massacre of Sikhs in November 1984. It is evident from the cases of HKL Bhagat, Dharamdas Shastri, Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Kamal Nath that Congress MPs and MLAs were actively involved in organizing attack on Sikhs in their respective constituencies during November 1984 , Gurpatwant Singh Pannu informed Sikh Siyasat Network.
“President Patil who heads the largest democracy of the World must come clean with details regarding killing of Sikhs in her area of influence during November 1984”, he added.
To trace the possible involvement of President Patil and her party associates in the killing of Sikhs in Maharashtra during November 1984, he announced to file a petition under Right to Information (RTI) Act to obtain the exact number of Sikhs killed in Jalgaon area, FIRs lodged with names of the accused during November 1984.
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