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Akali Dal seeks Tytler’s narco test

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday demanded the Congress leader Jagdish Tytler should be subjected to polygraphy and narco test to ascertain the role the former Prime Minister (PM) Rajiv Gandhi and all other accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and other parts of the country.

Addressing a Press conference, Sukhbir Singh Badal said the Union government has written to the special investigation team (SIT) chairman, Justice (retired) SN Dhingra to investigate new facts which have emerged after Congress leader Jagdish Tytler’s disclosure to a TV channel that he had travelled with Rajiv Gandhi in a car on 1 November, 1984 in specific areas of Delhi where Sikhs were attacked and massacred.

“The wheels of justice have finally started moving against Jagdish Tytler as well as other genocide perpetrators. This is a big victory for the massacre victims who have been waiting for justice since 33 years,” the SAD president said.

He said the letter to the SIT constituted by the Supreme Court has asked it to probe the disclosures with reference to involvement of Tytler, Kamal Nath, HKL Bhagat and Sajjan Kumar.“It also states that these disclosures might have a relation with 186 cases which are being further investigated by the SIT constituted by the Supreme Court”, he added.

Badal said the union government had also given reference to the report of the Nanavati Commission which has recorded that the most number of Sikhs were butchered in areas which Rajiv Gandhi visited on November 1, 1984 immediately after the assassination of his mother and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on the preceding day.

The Nanavati Commission states that 39 Sikhs were killed in Adarsh Nagar, 35 in Sabji Mandi and 15 in Kingsway camps. These areas also witnessed burning of twelve gurdwaras, 64 factories, 133 shops and 45 houses, he said.