1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Issue Surfaces in Elections

May 4, 2005

Source: The Hindu


On May 4, 2005 The Hindu reported, "The 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India have emerged as a significant issue in Britain's general election campaign. Sikh voters are seeking a commitment from candidates that, if elected, they will help the victims get justice from the Indian Government.

There is widespread anger among the country's 7,00,000-strong Sikhs that more than 20 years after the 'massacre,' the perpetrators have still not been punished... Families of many British Sikhs suffered in the riots, which followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

They are bitter that successive governments have failed to get them justice.

They want British politicians to put pressure on New Delhi to allow independent international human rights groups to investigate the killings."