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Amitabh Bachchan provoked killings of Sikhs in 1984 - Old interview of eyewitness resurfaces

Sunday August 26, 2018 8:28 PM, News Network

Amitabh Bachchan anti Sikh Riots

New Delhi: Amidst the fresh debate over 1984 anti-Sikh riots following Rahul Gandhi's statement in London claiming that Congress was not involved, an old interview of an eyewitness has resurfaced wherein she accused Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan of inciting violence and provoking killings of the Sikhs.

“I wonder why no one in India lodged case against Amitabh Bachchan for provoking killing of Sikhs", the eyewitness, identified as Jagdish Kaur, is quoted by Times of India in a report published on October 21, 2011.

“I watched live relay on Doordarshan and saw Amitabh Bachchan raising his arm and shouting the slogan, ‘khun ka badla khun sae laengae’ (Blood for blood) two times", Kaur said as reported by the TOI.

Amitabh Bachchan was then close to Nehru Gandhi family and Congress leadership of the time. He had even won the Lok Sabha elections as Congress candidate. About a month after publication of the above report he wrote a letter to Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh pleading innocence and terming the allegations against him ‘wild’, ‘irresponsible’, ‘vicious’ and ‘unfounded'.

Two days after Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi claimed that his party was not involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the TOI report claiming Amitabh Bachchan provoked violence resurfaced and is being widely shared on different social media platforms.

About 3000 Sikhs were killed across India during the riots that erupted after the massacre of then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

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