No one had any doubt on the role of Congress party in the 1984 riots, BJP President Amit Shah said on Monday, alleging its "leaders and workers went on rampage raising provocative slogans" and "murdering men in cold blood". Shah attacked the Rahul Gandhi-led party over the conviction of Sajjan Kumar in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and said the victims had lost all hope of justice because those responsible for crime against them enjoyed political patronage of Congress leadership.
The Delhi High Court's conviction of Sajjan Kumar has once again assured the victims that criminals of 1984 will not go scot free, he asserted.
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"No one ever had any doubt on Congress' role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Their leaders and workers went on rampage raising provocative slogans, raping women and murdering men in cold blood. Yet no one was ever punished despite multiple commissions and several eyewitnesses," Shah said.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for setting up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in 2015, the BJP chief started re-investigation into several cases of 1984 pending for over three decades.
"I am grateful to the court, which has delivered its judgment, bringing relief to the traumatised families," he added.
The Delhi High Court on Monday had convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and sentenced him to jail for "remainder of his natural life", in connection with the killing of five persons during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The riots were a "crime against humanity" perpetrated by those who enjoyed "political patronage", the court said.
Reacting to Kumar's conviction, Congress leaders on Monday said it should not be politicised and the law should take its own course.
They also said Kumar does not hold a position of power in the party.