1984 riots guilty remain unpunished: Arun Jaitley

Raking up the issue of 1984 riots, BJP leader Arun Jaitley today alleged that those guilty for the "state sponsored" violence still remain unpunished.

PTI| Last Updated: May 21, 2014, 12:44 PM IST

Amritsar: Raking up the issue of 1984 riots, BJP leader Arun Jaitley today alleged that those guilty for the "state sponsored" violence still remain unpunished.

Describing the "massacre" of innocent Sikhs after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as a "black spot" in the democracy, the BJP leader, wrote in his blog, "The fact that the innocents can be killed in thousands is terrible. What is worse is that the guilty went unpunished".

He alleged that the "collusion" of the state was visible. None of the rioters were fired upon by the police, he added.

"They were given a safe passage to loot and kill. For years, the FIRs were not registered. No arrests were made. The violence was politically rationalised by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi," he said.

The BJP leader further alleged that the Justice Ranganath Mishra`s Commission, appointed by the Congress government, provided a cover up for the "state sponsored" violence.

"After his retirement, this judge was rewarded with the Rajya Sabha nomination by the Congress Party," he said.

He claimed that that it was only the NDA government who appointed Justice Nanavati Commission of Inquiry which came out with the truth.
 
"Since then investigating agencies have tried to prosecute many of those involved in the riots," Jaitley added.