AMRITSAR: It has been more than twenty eight years since the 1984 carnage but the wounds still persist. Justice has not been delivered even though the community has been relentlessly fighting for justice and the prime accused in the Sikh genocide are yet to face any punishment for their hideous deeds.
The akhand path ceremony which was organised in the memory of thousands of Sikhs killed in the ’84 genocide by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) concluded today with bhog ceremony today at Gurdwara Jhanda Bunga situated near the Akal Takht. All the members of the Sikh community including Sikh bodies, Nihangs, Sants also attended the ceremony.
All India Sikh Students Federation president Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad addressing the gathering said, even after twenty eight years, the Indian Judiciary has failed to deliver justice in the largest ever genocide against a community after independence. “Now we expect justice only from the highest temporal seat of Sikh community, Akal Takht.”
AISSF and Sikhs for Justice will enter a genocide petition to United Nations in 2013.
Many of those who themselves witnessed the carnage including Jagdish Kaur, the main witness against accused Congress leader Sajjan Kumar; Jagmohan Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Mohan Singh, Ajit Singh, Kashmir Singh while remembering the unfortunate month of November 1984 said, just thinking of the month of November gives her shivers, how innocent Sikhs were butchered in the streets of Delhi, children, elderly were also not spared, Sikh girls and women were gangraped by the mob.
Kaur prayed for justice for the victims. Others present on the occasion were former Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Puran Singh, head granthi Darbar Sahib Giani Jagtar Singh, Bhai Kulwinder Singh, manager Darbar Sahib Complex Harbans Singh Malhi, deputy manager Sukhdev Singh and SGPC staff.
The bhog ceremony was followed by shabad-kirtan (hymns). The families of the victims were honoured with siropas (robe of honour) by Peer Mohammad.