The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and human rights group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) on Monday released a list of 90 Sikhs who were allegedly murdered during the 1984 riots in Bokaro (Jharkhand), Allahabad and Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh).
Karnail Singh Peermohammad, AISSF president and SFJ co-coordinator, claimed to have procured addresses of the Sikh victims as well as the FIRs in this regard. The AISSF president alleged that Congress leaders Aziz Amam, a former MLA, and PN Tripathi abetted violence against Sikhs but were yet to be punished.
Peermohammad claimed that in the first week of November 1984, a mob burnt many Sikhs alive at Gurdwara Singh Sabha in the City Centre, Bokaro, besides Bihar Colony, Dhanbad Road, Cadra Cinema and Gujarat Colony. He said the transport area, where many Sikhs used to live, was attacked and houses and factories set afire.
Bokaro was part of Bihar till 2000, when Jharkhand was carved out as a separate state.
He stated that in Allahabad, Swami Karam Singh (65), president of Nirmal Panchayat Akhada, fought against the mob with a rifle but was shot in the head. Peermohammad said the mob also killed a Sikh youth, Allahabad University student Virender Singh.
The federation had earlier made disclosures about the killings of Sikh in Haudh Chilhar (Haryana) and Riyasi (Jammu and Kashmir) in the riots that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The AISSF president announced that they would hold candlelight peace marches in New Delhi and Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) on December 10 on Human Rights Day. He said the riot victims’ family members would also participate in these marches to pay tributes to the “martyrs” and increase public awareness about the 1984 genocide.
He said the Sikh genocide petition, carrying signatures of 25,000 Sikhs, would be presented to US President Barack Obama on December 15. Peermohammad hoped that Obama would consider the petition seriously and take suitable action.