In a sensational series of sting operations, Republic Bharat has cracked open the deep Congress link to the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre. The sting operation conducted on 1984 convicts -- some of whom have already served their term in jail and some of whom who are out on parole - name, now Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congressman Kamal Nath, Senior Congressman Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar among other Congress leaders as being involved on-ground in the incitement against Sikhs. The Bharat investigation also gets the narration of the eyewitnesses who have exposed the horrific role of Kamal Nath and Jagdish Tytler. In a series of stings, one eyewitness recounts how Tytler asked for a Gurudwara to be burnt and another eyewitness recalls how Kamal Nath shouted slogans like “Maaro, they killed our mother” as he incited the mobs.
To this point, we have heard victims and their families-- but for the first time, Republic Bharat has unmasked the truth which has come from convicts and eyewitnesses.
Busting the theory that present Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath was not part of the riots, the convicts have spoken about how the senior Congressman was very much inside the Gurdwara compound and raised the slogans of incitement to kill the Sikhs in 1984.
Three stung convicts, one story, one claim: the Congress “big fish” got away despite being the riot masters.
Ved Prakash, a 1984 riots convict who was out on parole during the time that Republic Bharat stung him, said “The big fish need to be caught. The poor have been caught. It's been 34 years. As you said, a case is on against Jagdish Tytler. He will also be jailed.” Prakash is now back in jail.
Ramesh, another 1983 anti-Sikh riots convict who was sentenced to 4 years in prison in 1996 for being involved in the riots was caught on sting camera saying “Police themselves got people killed. Police signalled that the fight is over. The ones who were hidden came out, signalled and gave orders to kill. This has also happened.” On being asked specifically on the police orders being given by Sajjan Kumar, Ramesh says “When they get orders from above, that's when something happens. ”
The third stung convict, is also by the name of Ved Prakash and while he has been jailed and sentenced, he is presently out on parole on medical grounds. Narrating how political interests fueled the massacre, stung Prakash says that the politicians involved trapped people like him “for votes and nothing else.”
Through its sting operation, Republic Bharat got three crucial eyewitness accounts which lay bare the political involvement of the Congress trio of Kamal Nath, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Mukhtiyar Singh, an eyewitness in the 1984 riots, who during the riots was working at Gurudwara Rakabganj, spills the beans on how, “Kamal Nath is lying” about not being in the incitement in the provocation on-ground, and says he personally saw Kamal Nath inciting the violence and egging on the rioters. “Kamal Nath is lying. He was inside”, said Singh. Shockingly, he also said that “He (Kamal Nath) was in the Gurdwara compound” and reiterated it for the second time on being asked the follow-up.
Singh, in a sensational revelation, says that Kamal Nath got a lot of people with him to burn and incite, and shout the slogan, “Maaro, they killed our mother.” This is a clincher because it puts on record for the first time that Kamal Nath used then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination as a justification to provoke and incite a riot that killed thousands of Sikhs.
Aatma Singh, an eyewitness to the riots, who was then an autorickshaw driver on his way to Paharganj, had gone to Pulbangash Gurdwara during the horrific massacre. In the Bharat investigation, he recounts how he saw Jagdish Tytler come out from the car, and asked for the burning of the Gurdwara. He has also said that he saw Tytler give instructions to kill the adults and leave the kids of the school nearby.
On being asked what Tytler was doing at the Pulbangash Gurudwara, Singh said, “ He said, 'this is a Gurudwara, burn it. And be careful, there is a school nearby. Some Hindu students also study there, so just see, leave the kids and kill the adults.'
Beyond, the stings of the eyewitnesses and convicts, Republic Bharat also stung a member of the Delhi police administration who was first-hand witness to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Dalel Singh, Sub Inspector during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, when asked a specific question on whether Kamal Nath, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar had incited during the riots, said “they may have provoked. No doubt.”
The Republic Bharat investigation not only captures the perspective, voices and real-accounts of convicts, witnesses and policemen, but it also comes together to crush the entire clean-chit campaign given to sitting Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Congress politician Jagdish Tytler.
With the Congress choosing Kamal Nath as its Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, the investigation only builds the pressure for them to answer now that more evidence is out.
Given the fresh evidence put out by the Republic Bharat investigation, there is a growing demand to reopen the investigations to ensure justice is completely served and every politician involved in the horrific massacre is sentenced.