Chandigarh: In the wake of a sting operation showing a senior Congress leader and member of Minority Commission issuing threats to 1984 anti-Sikh riots prime witness, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal sought protection for the riots witnesses.   

The head of Shiromani Akali Dal party, in a letter to President Pratibha Patil, urged for maximum security to the all the witnesses in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots under Witness Protection Program. 

The security concerns were raised after a sting operation was made public showing a prime witness of 1984 anti-Sikh riots Nirpreet Kaur being threatened by a Congress leader to retract her statement. She was even allegedly offered Rs 3 crore by the leader to pull herself back.

Accusing the Congress leaders trying to shield the residents in 10 Janpath he said all attempts were being made to compel the witnesses to back-off.

Badal, in a letter to the President urged her to issue arrest orders for Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler.

In an indirect attack on the Gandhi family Badal said, “The Congress leaders are trying hard to bribe the witnesses as they fear that the latter might reveal the name of the real culprits of the 1984- anti-Sikh riots which in turn would embarrass those living in 10 Janpath.”

For a free and a fair trial of the case, Badal even insisted Patil to keep all the witnesses in states where the Congress is not at the helm. He added, “It is really disappointing to know that the Congress leader threatening Kaur in the sting operation is a member of State Minority Commission which is responsible for ensuring the protection of minorities in the state.”

(JPN/ Bureau)