Human Rights Watch Urges Govt to Investigate Mass Killings of Sikhs in 1984

October 31, 2004


On October 31, 2004 reported, "The Human Rights (HRW) Watch has urged the Congress-led Indian government of Manmohan Singh to launch fresh investigations into the mass killings of Sikhs some 20 years ago, and make a public commitment to prosecute those involved. The killings of Sikhs were followed in the wake of the assassination of then Premier Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by two of her own bodyguards – Beant Singh and Satwant Singh – to avenge the desecration of Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, where Gandhi had sent forces to flush out terrorists operating from there. An estimated over 2500 Sikhs were killed in the massacre by angry mobs allegedly led by some known Congressmen against the killing of Indira Gandhi."