Chandigarh, Punjab: While victims of 1984 riots disrupted rail traffic at several places, including Ambala and Jalandhar, to protest against denial of justice to them, their lawyer HS Phoolka has appealed to them to shun such actions. “Our fight is not against the public. Why inconvenience the general public? Our fight is against the Union Government as well as the Delhi government for getting the culprits of the worst-ever carnage in the history of Independent India punished,” says Phoolka.
Various organisations of victims of the riots had given a call to disrupt rail traffic today in protest against the denial of justice to them for the past 25 years.
Because of disruption in the rail traffic, several trains were either cancelled or were running several hours behind schedule thus putting the passengers to a lot of inconvenience.
“Though our hearts go out to the victims of the 1984 carnage, at the same time it does not help them anyway in harassing common people, many of whom may be travelling by trains to perform important assignments, including their duties.
“All right-thinking people want that justice be done and all those against whom sufficient evidence or eyewitness account is available should be prosecuted for their role in the 1984 carnage, but at the same time, common citizens who may have been supporting us in our fight for justice, should not be inconvenienced,” adds Phoolka.
Reports from different parts of the region suggest that among the trains affected by the “rail roko agitation” were the New Delhi-Chandigarh and New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express besides several other passenger and express trains. Though no untoward incident was reported from anywhere, train services were partially affected in the region.
Phoolka hoped that riot victims would see reason and use utter restraint in repeating such actions that put common citizens to inconvenience or harassment. Instead, they should concentrate their energies on the central prosecution agencies, especially the CBI and the Central Government to ensure that culprits, especially those holding high positions in the government or the ruling alliance do not get away with their 1984 actions.