Badal wants fresh 1984 riots probe

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday demanded the setting up of a special panel to investigate the 1984 riots.

“The people want to know who was behind it. India should be told about it,” Badal said, after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

“We have asked for the setting up of a committee to find out the real reason for the riots.

The committee will find out the roles of politicians and officials in the killings,” he told reporters after his 20-minute meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Badal said it was necessary to find out what “conspiracy was hatched to carry out the worst riots in the country”.

A few days ago, Shiromani Akali Dal president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal accused the previous UPA government of shielding the “culprits” in the anti-Sikh riots.

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