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Apr 05, 2009 at 12:25pm IST

Furore in Punjab as Tytler let off by CBI

New Delhi: Angry supporters of 1984 anti-sikh riot victims vandalised Congress offices in Jalandhar on Saturday and blocked roads at many places in Punjab.

The clean chit given to Jagdish Tytler by the CBI in the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots case continues to cause furore in Punjab.

Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has gone on the offensive against the Congress, saying it is responsible for the clean chit and giving tickets to Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, the Congress is trying to throw the ball back into the Akali court.

Congress is also distancing itself from the CBI report.

Protesters in Punjab are enraged with Tytler’s exemption and the issue has given more muscle to Punjab’s ruling SAD party’s campaign against the Congress.

Congress says Parkash Singh Badal, Akali Chief Minister while in power did nothing to ensure that the guilty are brought to book.

Spokesperson of the Punjab Congress, Sukhpal Singh Khaira said, “Had Mr Badal been serious, he would have taken up the issue when he was CM in 1997 and his alliance partner NDA was in power in the Centre.”

But the counsel for the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims H S Phoolka refuses to buy the Congress’ argument.

“If we see one person who has played the maximum role in not punishing the guilty of 1984, then it is HR Bhardwaj. He has been protecting people like Sajjan Kumar,” said Phoolka.

The Akali Dal is demanding a fresh probe and reinvestigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Tytler is an emotive issue in Punjab and the Congress seems to have run out of excuses.