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Furore against Rajiv Gandhi for his comments and alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots seems to be growing day by day, with the Sikh community on Wednesday blackening a 'Rajiv Chowk' signboard in Delhi as part of their protest against the former Prime Minister.
In the visuals accessed by Republic TV, incensed victims of the riots shouted slogans and staged a protest in the National Capital while spraying black paint on the Rajiv Chowk signboard.
Ever since the Delhi HC on December 17 announced life term for Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for his involvement in the 1984 massacre, calls for action against other culprits have gained traction.
Along with that, massive protests have been staged across a number of places in the country against Rajiv Gandhi, who was the PM when the anti-Sikh riots had taken place which resulted in killing of 3000 Sikhs in the National Capital alone.
On Tuesday, youth leaders of Akali Dal vandalised a statue of the former PM in Ludhiana. The protestors demanded revoking of the Bharat Ratna awarded to Rajiv Gandhi while pinning the blame of the riots on him.
"We gave the right look to the statue today. We have painted blood red to the hands of the bust and painted the face black, this is the right look for him. Bharat Ratna should be taken away from him. He is the reason behind the killings of all the Sikhs. He is even more accused than Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. I appeal wherever there is a statue of him, it should be given the same treatment everywhere," the protestors said.
It was then followed by a war of words between Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh and Akali Dal chief and former state CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.