In a recent interview to a TV news channel, Rahul Gandhi had said that "Some Congress men were probably involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and they have been punished for it.”

The protesters shouted anti-Congress slogans and held up black flags and placards, one of which read, "CBI should question Rahul Gandhi for Congress involvement in 1984 riots”.
    
"We want justice. We want to know who were involved in the riots," said one of the protesters.
    
On being asked about Delhi government's decision to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the riot-related cases, he said, "We have been demanding an SIT for the past 25 years. If Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is really with us, we welcome him, but if he is doing politics, we would like to request him not to do so.”
    
The 200-odd demonstrators marched towards the Congress headquarters and managed to break the first barricade.

They were, however, stopped at the second barricade by the police. Many of them were detained and taken to Tughlaq Road Police Station from where they were later released.
    
It needs to be mentioned here that Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar are facing allegations of involvement in the riots which occurred in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination on October 31, 1984.
    
So far, Delhi Police and CBI have held probes into the riots.

Rahul’s statement on 1984 riots in an interview has kicked off a major political row.

In the interview, the Gandhi-scion had insisted that the Congress government in 1984 "was not aiding and abetting the riots" but had tried to stop the violence.

Though the Congress was quick to defend the Gandhi scion’s views expressed in the interview, the party, in general and Rahul in particular, came under scathing attack from various political parties including the principal Opposition – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

JPN/Agencies

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