Amritsar, Oct.22: Activists sought justice for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims and held a photography exhibition here to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the tragedy.
The communal massacre resulted in the loss of 3,000 lives as per government records.
Locals flocked to see the exhibition that comprised of a moving selection of photographs depicting the horrific communal violence.
An organiser spoke to media about the objective behind holding the exhibition.
“The truth never came out before the world. Our belief is that that people of this country no matter what their faith is, should learn about the reality of about how the politicians used the massacre for their political gain. Only then will the country support us. We want to tell the country that riots were not communal rather genocide committed by the government. It is only when people come to know of the truth that action is taken on such politicians,” said Jarnail Singh, an organiser.
He added the culprits responsible for the riots are yet to be booked while reiterating the demand for stringent action against the guilty.
“The culprits are still at large and have been made ministers. It was only after my protests that Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler’s poll tickets were cancelled but they continue to enjoy their posts within the party. So when the culprits are let off with any punishment how will any one fear or learn from their deeds?” said Singh.
The exhibition under the campaign ‘Forgotten Citizens’ would be taken to other cities in the state like Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Anandpursahib, Chandigarh and culminate in New Delhi on November 03 where the organisers are planning to hold a protest and handover a petition to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (ANI)