On Monday, Manjit Singh GK, the Chairman of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), made a shocking revelation about the 1984 Sikh genocide by releasing five video clippings from a sting operation. The video clippings, as claimed by Singh, contain Congress leader Jagdish Tytler’s confession of killing 100 Sikhs during the 1984 riots.
During the press conference, which he had conducted for releasing the video clips, Singh said, “On February 3, an unidentified youth gave a sealed envelope to a guard at my house. I found the video clippings in a pen drive and documents with the transcription.”
Billionaire Abhishek Verma, who is the main witnesses in the 1984 Sikh genocide case, had told News18 in an interview that “Being one of the primary witnesses in the case, I was asked by the court to take a polygraph test. When I reached the testing centre, my lawyers and even the Investigation Officer of the CBI were stopped from entering the premises” he said.
He further said, “Upon entering the lab, I was told that the polygraph machine was out of order. Moreover, they (the officials) even had the audacity to ask me to settle the matter outside the court. If Tytler is innocent, why did he refuse to take the polygraph test?”
After the release of sting-video tapes on the 5th of February 2018, in an interview to Zee News Punjabi, Billionaire Abhishek Verma, stated that, “If Mr.Tytler is clean and innocent then what does he have to fear? He should accept to undergo lie-detector test on a polygraph machine. To the press he (Tytler) states that he is ready for any kind of test, and when the court asks for his consent, he declines! Mr.Tytler is playing games and the judiciary and the agencies should take cognizance of the explosive content in the tapes and launch investigation in this matter.”
On October 31, 1984, the then-PM Indira Gandhi was fatally shot by her Sikh bodyguards, who sought vendetta for Operation Blue Star. According to several eye-witnesses, following Indira Gandhi’s death, Jagdish Tytler was seen on Delhi streets, openly rebuking people for not killing enough Sikhs. That, as witness Jasbir Singh heard Tytler saying, had “greatly compromised” him in the eyes of central leaders to whom he had promised “large-scale killings of Sikhs”.
MPs from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), has demanded a lie detector test on Tytler. They have also decided to raise the issue in the ongoing session of the Parliament. BJP National Secretary and Delhi President of SAD, Sardar RP Singh, has also lodged an FIR against Tytler, following the sting operation released by the DSGMC Chairman.
It has been more than three decades since the 1984 riots emerged as one of the darkest entries in the country’s history. The families of riot survivors still await justice. Should the investigating agencies take a close look on the video clippings released by the DSGMC Chairman Manjit Singh GK, Jagdish Tytler’s role in instigating the anti-Sikh riots would surely be unearthed.
On 7th of February 2018, the Akali Dal raised the issue of confessional statement of Jagdish Tytler in the Rajya Sabha during Parliamentary proceedings and demanded immediate arrest and custodial interrogation of Tytler. The Government has assured swift action in this matter.