Shiromani Akali Dal president and former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here today that there was strong case for a fresh and full scale inquiry into the mysterious movements and activities of the Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during the 1984 massacre of Sikhs in Delhi.“The Congress leader Jagdish Tytler’s revelations on Rajiv Gandhi’s mysterious presence on Delhi streets during the 1984 massacre had conclusively confirmed that the massacre had been planned, executed and presided over at the highest level in the Congress party , the government and the then Prime Minister. Tytler’s sensational disclosures also prove that the former PM and the Congress party had been lying all the time to country about Rajiv’s schedule for those days, claiming that he (Rajiv Gandhi) had all the time been with the body of his mother. But Tytler’s disclosures have let the cat out of the bag. It must be probed at the highest level ,” said Mr Badal in a hard hitting statement here this afternoon.
The Akali leader said loud calls for revenge against innocent members of the Sikh community were repeatedly heard around Mrs Indira Gandhi’s body. “Who was behind these calls and how come these were being openly made before television cameras? Why did no one among the high ups try to put a stop to these slogans ?” asked Mr Badal.
The SAD president further said that it was quite amazing that Rajiv had never expressed any regrets over the killing of thousands of innocents by goons loyal to him. “He neither issued an appeal for putting astop to this madness nor did consider it necessary to visit the worst affected areas and families to instill confidence and a sense of assurance in the minds of the traumatized victims. He in fact let the signal go very loud and clear that he had no sympathy with the innocent victims. Why?” asked Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal. The former Deputy Chief Minister further said that it was so strange and ironical that even when the Congress government at the centre decided to express “regrets” for this profound human tragedy – many years after Rajiv’s death – it was left to a Sikh Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to do so– as if he had been personally guillty. No one from the Nehru-Gandhi family – the real culprits - has apologized to the innocent victims of the tragedy even up to today, said Sukhbir Singh Badal. Mr Badal said that in the light of these disclosures, the country has a right to know the full details of the movements, activities and role of Rajiv Gandhi at that time. “What was he doing on the streets? No one saw him trying to control or pacify Congress hoodlums, nor was even a claim to this effect ever made by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. The only obvious and logical conclusion is that he was personally directing and monitoring the massacre of innocent Sikhs to ensure that “the really earth trembled in a big way to justify the size of the tree which he had likened to Indira Gandhi. These are shocking revelations and cannot be allowed to be just read and forgotten,” said Mr Badal.