New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Around 500 members of Sikh groups protested outside the Congress office here Thursday demanding that the names of the party leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots be revealed.
The protest comes after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s admission during a television interview Monday that “some Congress men were probably involved” in the anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
The protesters, belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), broke barricades, raised slogans against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and waved black flags.
Protesters were also seen flashing placards with the message: “CBI should question Rahul Gandhi”.
Though welcoming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s demand to hold a SIT probe, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi), Manjeet Singh G.K questioned Kejriwal taking support from the Congress “which was behind ’84 riots”.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government Wednesday met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and submitted a request for an SIT to probe the riots in which more than 3,000 people, mostly Sikhs, were killed.
According to police officials, a few protesters were detained and taken to a nearby police station.
The protest continued for an hour, which also saw police using water canons to disperse the crowd.