March 8, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
California (March 8, 2011): In a statement issued by the co-ordination committee of the Sikhs for Justice, the organizations has targeted Punjab’s ruling party, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) for its’ alleged irresponsible behavior.
“While Sikhs from all over the world were mourning with tears remembering the barbaric killings of Sikhs at Hondh-Chillar and Pataudi on March 06, 2011, at the same time hundreds of miles away Badal father-son duo along with BJP were hosting film actors” reads the statement issued by Avtar Singh Pannu, Dr. Bakhshish Singh Sandhu, Barjinder Singh Brar, Charanjit Singh Harnampuri, Master Mohinder Singh, Pritam Singh Gilzian and Dilbar Singh Sekhon.
Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) lamented that SAD (Badal)-BJP disrespected the Shaheeds (Martyrs) of the Hondh Massacre (1984) by failing to attend the March 6th Bhog ceremony at Village Hondh-Chillar (Rewari, Haryana) to honor the innocent Sikhs who were ruthlessly killed in November 1984. Earlier Badal father-son duo and BJP have failed to attend the March 4th Bhog ceremony at Sri Akal Takht Sahib held in the memory of Hondh-Chillar victims.
“SAD (Badal father-son duo) have a long history of trading the blood of Sikh Genocide victims for votes. Now SAD (Badal) who have twice won elections on the slogan of getting justice to the Sikh killings in Punjab but failed to take a single step for getting justice to the victims. Now that SFJ and AISSF have built the international momentum on the issue of November 1984 Sikh Genocide, SAD (Badal) along with BJP, as per past practice have again started playing with the emotions of victims” stated the Co-ordination committee.
While SFJ coordinators appreciated grant of Rupees 2 lakhs to the victims of Hondh-Chillar by SAD (Badal) through SGPC headed by Avtar Singh Makkar, the SFJ criticized SAD (Badal) and SGPC for failing to issue Rupees 2 lakhs grant to the victims of November 1984 residing in Punjab.
According to Jasbir Singh, prime witness against Jagdish Tytler, SAD (Badal) has a long history of exploiting the victims and widows of November 1984. Starting from 1994 bye-election of Ajnala constituency and repeating the same in 1997 and 2007 elections, SAD Badal used the widows and victims to exploit the emotions of Sikhs in Punjab and after winning the elections always abandoned and ignored them. In fact, recently Shaheed Gursharn Singh Rishi, a half burnt bed ridden victim of November 1984 and a prime witness against Sajjan Kumar, died while begging Badal and SGPC to fulfill their promise of grant which they had publically announced at Balongi village, stated Jasbir Singh.
Late Surinder Singh, who had been Granthi at many Gurudwaras and who was a witness against Jagdish Tytler was promised a permanent position as Granthi in Punjab by SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar due to ongoing threats to Surinder Singh’s life in Delhi. However, SGPC miserably failed to honor its promise of appointing Surinder as
Grandhi in Punjab and left him at the mercy Jagidh Tytler in Delhil where he was killed on July 13, 2009, lamented Jasbir Singh.
SFJ coordinating committee and Jasbir Singh appealed the victims and survivors of November 1984 to be aware of the SAD (Badal)-BJP’s practice of using the issue of November 1984 and trading blood of victims for votes. Victims and survivors are requested to join hands with SFJ and AISSF in demanding justice for November 1984 Sikh Genocide as directed by Sri Akal Takhat Sahib.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ, stated that in 1997 SAD (Badal) won the elections on the promise of forming a judicial commission to investigate and prosecute the police officials who killed thousands of innocent Sikhs from 1984 to 1997. Citing the examples of notorious police officers Izhar Alam and Sumedh Saini, attorney Pannun stated that instead of fulfilling the promise of prosecuting the killers of Sikhs, SAD (Badal) after twice coming into power, awarded and shielded the killers of Sikhs.
Now that SAD (Badal) is asking for a Judicial Commission from Haryana Government to investigate Hondh-Chillar killings, attorney Pannun reminded SAD (Badal) of its 1997 and 2007 election promise to form a judicial commission in Punjab to investigate and prosecute the police officials who killed thousands of innocent Sikhs from 1984 to 1997. For forming a Judicial Commission in Punjab, SAD (Badal) has all the powers except the will power, stated attorney Pannun.
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