CHANDIGARH: As per Indian Government, around 3,000 people were killed in 1984 in 48 hours which amounts to one killing in less than a minute and no punishment has been given to the culprits for last 28 years.
Youth of today have decided to start the campaign ‘Forgotten Citizens’ where many organizations pledged to fight for the injustice done to the Sikh community.
Through Forgotten Citizens, we plan to request the Indian Government to provide justice to them who lost their families in Delhi 1984 riots.
Many organizations, including Sikh Forum, SikhiSidak, Gyan Sewa Trust, Better Sikh School, Bibek Trust, Lok Raj Sangthan, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, ASYO, YSL, Akal Network, Vismaad, have joined hands together to show support and unity against justice denied to Sikhs for 1984 Delhi carnage.
This campaign is being supported by Sikh parties and Delhi University. During Forgotten Sikhs meeting held on October 14, 2012 at Punjabi Bagh, these organiations decided to join hands to raise their voice.
The campaign started on October 21, 2012 from Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, and it visited cities like Sultanpur Lodhi, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh displaying a mobile picture exhibition on 1984 carnage. It reached Delhi on October 28. From Nov 1-3, this exhibition will be hosted at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi.
On November 3 at 3 pm, the campaign will move from Jantar Mantar to Parliament House, New Delhi, and submit a memorandum/petition to Prime Minister of India. The movement is headed by Senior Advocate H.S. Phoolka and senior journalist Jarnail Singh.
Talking about the initiative, Jagminder Singh of SikhiSidak, urged the social and human rights organizations to join hands in the support of the campaign. “1984 was an attack on Sikh identity, our turban. Until the masses don’t stand up and fight for their rights, social justice can never be attained.”