Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that if victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots had got justice, then “brutal attacks” such as the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Dadri lynching would not have occurred. The Aam Aadmi Party chief attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was in power at the Centre during both the 2002 riots and the Dadri lynching, accusing it of only trying to politicise the incidents.
Kejriwal made the comments while distributing compensation cheques of Rs 5 lakh to the victims of the 1984 riots on the 31st anniversary of the violence. He alleged that while the Centre had announced an increased compensation, it had not taken it forward.
The 1984 riots took place after the assassination of former Prime Minister and Congress leader Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. Around 2,800 people were killed in the violence instigated allegedly by Congress leaders.