Jameshdpur, India: A Sikh delegation will meet the American president on December 15 and seek support to the cause of 1984 Sikh Genocide victims.
Members of the All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) in the state and US-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) will meet Barack Obama and seek his co-operation in building pressure on the Indian government to ensure speedy justice to Sikh Genocide victims. Families of thousands of Sikhs, who were killed in the Bokaro chapetre of the nationwide violence against the community in 1984, are yet to get justice.
“It was a genocide committed against the Sikhs in Bokaro (among other cities in India), and despite all evidences and witnesses, none got punished even after 28 years,” said AISSF national president Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad.
Peer Mohammad said two senior Congress leaders were responsible for fuelling violence against Sikhs. “Bihar Colony, Bus Stand Chaas, Dhanbad Road, Cadra Cinema, Transport Colony and Gurudwara Singh Sabha are the main junctions where Sikhs were burnt alive and their properties sabotaged,” said Peer Mohammad.
Slamming the central government for being insensitive, Peer Mohammad said the Government of India till date describes the violence as riots contrary to several petitions for declaring it as genocide against Sikhs. “With pain in heart we approached the US president’s office and got his appointment. We are hopeful that he will help us in seeking genocide status to the anti-Sikh violence,” said AISSF Jamshedpur unit president, Satnam Singh Gambhir.