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Shameful that Congress put Kamal th in charge of Punjab: AAP

New Delhi, June 13: It is “shameful” that Kamal th, an accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has been made in-charge of the Congress party affairs in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said here on Monday.

“This is very shameful move by the Congress party. He (Kamal th) is one of the accused of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and Congress has rewarded him for following the orders of Rajiv Gandhi,” AAP leader H.S. Phoolka told reporters.

Phoolka is a senior advocate who has spearheaded the legal battle against the riot accused. Referring to the anti-Sikh riots in 1984, Phoolka alleged that a mob led by Congress leader Kamal th was behind the violence at Gurudwara Rakabganj in New Delhi.

He said Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh was “rubbing salt on the wounds” of riot victims by saying that he had asked for Kamal th to be made the in-charge of the state party unit.

“Amarinder Singh is saying that th was not involved in the riots. However, on November 1, 1984, a mob led by Kamal th was behind the violence which led to the killing of two Sikhs in Rakabganj,” Phoolka said.

“Mukhtiyar Singh, the Mager of the Gurudwara, had also testified this before the vati Commission. This is like rubbing salt on the wounds of riot victims.” Asked why the AAP was commenting on the interl matter of another political party, Phoolka said he was pointing out at the mentality of the Congress that would have a riot accused “rewarded”.

“This cannot be an interl matter of the party. The 1984 anti-Sikh riots brought disrepute to the entire country… What message do they want to convey? He (Kamal th) would give tickets to people like himself,” said Phoolka, referring to the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab.

The AAP also alleged that the central government led by the Bharatiya Jata Party was politicising the 1984 riots by reopening 75 cases related to it.  (IANS)

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