Sikhs protest in Canada over 1984 riots
Toronto: Hundreds of Sikhs in Canada
demonstrated outside the Parliament in capital city Ottawa,
demanding justice for victims and families of the 1984
anti-Sikh riots in India.
The protesting Sikhs got support yesterday from some
Canadian lawmakers, who said perpetrators of such violence
should be brought to justice, a statement by US-based Sikh
advocacy group Sikh For Justice said.
Conservative lawmaker Parm Gill spoke in the House of
Commons about the "denial of justice" to the riot victims and
The riots broke out in India's capital New Delhi
following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by
her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
Canadian Sikhs have also launched a signature campaign to
press on the newly elected Parliament to stand with the
victims of the riots by conducting a debate on the issue.
SFJ aims to collect 100,000 signatures in support of the
community's demand to bring forward a "Genocide Motion" in
Parliament, SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said.