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Sikhs protest outside Congress office over Amarinder remark

Posted on Apr 21 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, April 21 : Several Sikhs protested outside the Congress office here Monday over former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh's alleged clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

"We will meet the Election Commission and complain about Amarinder Singh's remark. We are protesting here because the Congress was responsible for the 1984 riots," said Shiromani Akali Dal's Delhi unit chief Manjit Singh G.K., Delhi terming the statement "atrocious" and "shocking".

"Sonia and Rahul (Gandhi) are responsible for giving Amarinder ticket from Amritsar and now he has given clean chit to Jagdish Tytler," he added.

Accusing Amarinder Singh of having "no judicial authority to make such statements", G.K. said their fight fir justice, even after 30 years, will go on.

Amarinder Singh, Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, told television news channel NDTV in an interview that Tytler's name in the 1984 riots came up only when he was fighting Bharatiya Janata Party's Madan Lal Khurana in Delhi's polls. He later denied he had given Tytler a clean chit.

Delhi Police personnel used water cannons when the demonstrators refused to move away despite repeated announcements. About 70 protestors were detained and taken to the Tughlaq Road police station. They were let off later.

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