Kamal Nath’s role in 1984 riot forgotten? Here’s what Sikhs of Delhi have to say!
16, Dec 2018, 10:59 AM IST
It was November 1, 1984. The nation was witnessing unprecedented chaos where the Sikh community was the target in the aftermath of the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Delhi wasn’t any different. On that wintery night, a mob of an estimated 4,000 people, mostly Congressmen, attacked the Rakabganj Gurdwara in central Delhi. The wall was damaged. By the end of the night, two Sikhs were charred to death, alive. And the man who is claimed to have led the mob was none less than senior Congress leader and the chief minister designate for Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath.
Though Nath himself has denied his involvement in many interviews, he has accepted he was there at the spot for two long hours. Then commissioner and deputy commissioner have accepted Nath’s presence outside Rakabganj Gurdwara. The Nanavati Commission rubbished Nath’s explanation on why he was there as ‘vague’. The Indian Express journalist Sanjay Suri who was present at the spot has accepted of Nath’s role in leading the mob.
Decades later, as Congress president Rahul Gandhi chose to brazen out the concern of Delhi Gurdwara Sikh Pravandhak Committee (DGSPC) and threats by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) while appointing Nath as the CM designate of Madhya Pradesh, the Sikhs of Delhi are infuriated. MyNation spoke to them, going to the refugee colonies of Tilak Vihar. This two-minute video will jolt you awake.