New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today distributed cheques for Rs 5 lakh each towards enhanced compensation to 1,332 families that were affected in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
With this, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief upped the ante against the Modi government at the Centre and the previous Congress-led UPA government alleging that both did nothing to ensure justice for the riot-hit over the past 31 years.
Had the guilty been punished after the anti-Sikh riots, Gujarat and Dadri incidents would not have happened and “communal intolerance” would not have spread.
“Over the past 31 years, almost every party formed government in Delhi as well as at the Centre and kept on saying that Sikhs should get justice. But who else will ensure justice, if the government doesn’t?” Kejriwal said. Every political party expressed concern over these riots, but no culprit has been punished so far, he said.
Kejriwal went on to claim credit for the constitution of the special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the case. He said the Centre’s decision to form the SIT this year was taken as it was “afraid” that once his government took charge, the guilty would be punished.
Hinting at recent communal incidents, he said the society was faced with a dangerous situation when “intolerance and hatred” was being “engineered” and spread with perpetrators knowing they had the “backing” of those in power.