In an exclusive interview with Republic TV, senior Congress leader and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has admitted that he knows the names of atleast five Delhi politicians behind the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide, while responding to the shocking '1984 mein hua toh hua' remark made by Overseas Congress chief and Gandhi family loyalist Sam Pitroda on Thursday.
"I don't know what Sam Pitroda has said, in what context he made it. But it is sad, it is a terrible thing, in fact, what happened. Nobody knows how many people were actually killed in that massacre that took place after the assassination of the Prime Minister," the Punjab CM said.
Asserting that the police and authorities of the time have to be questioned in the matter, Captain Amarinder named four of the five people he alleged were involved in the genocide against the Sikh community following the assassination of former PM Indira Gandhi after which Rajiv Gandhi took up the post of Prime Minister of the country.
He named former Congress leaders Arjun Das, Lalit Maken, H. K. L. Bhagat (former Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Rajiv Gandhi government), Sajjan Kumar (now convicted) and another 'minister' whom he did not name.
"It was sad but certainly, the authorities of the time, the military, the police and all have to be questioned. Even today you don't forget to think because it has gone in the past. Why didn't the police act for instance? Who didn't let them act? It is the job of the police to act. You don't have to be told to act. Somebody is doing something, you act. Then the army was called in. It was some hours later when the things started cooling down. In 2-3 days there were a lot of casualties. I was there and I will tell you who were the five people involved in it. I have named them amples of times. Arjun Das, Lalit Makin, some minister who was there. Like that there were five people. Sajjan Kumar was very much in it and there were two more, Bhagat and one more. They are all Delhi politicians," he added.
Ensuring justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots has been a key endeavour of the Modi government. Towards the end of 2018, 34 years after the riots took place, the case saw its first convictions, and in December, in a landmark win for the victims, the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was reversed he was handed a life term for his role in the horrific violence. That leaders from the then-dominant Congress party were involved in the killings of an estimated over 3000 members (even more as per some estimates) of the Sikh community following the assassination of Indira Gandhi had been conceded by Rahul Gandhi in 2014 while speaking to Arnab Goswami. "Some Congress leaders were probably involved," the now Congress chief had said.
On the other hand, remarking on the riots in their immediate aftermath, Rajiv Gandhi had infamously said: "When a big tree falls, the Earth shakes."