Even as Sikhs wanted more, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday thanked the union government in general and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular for the announcement of Rs. 5 lakh each as compensation to the families of those killed in the 1984 massacre.
He said the compensation was “a concrete and meaningful step towards relief to the families whose loved ones were killed by the Congress goons”. In a statement issued here, the CM hoped that punishment to the killers and the Congress leaders behind the killings would be the next logical step.
“By showing extreme sensitivity to the demands raised by us repeatedly, the Prime Minister has proved how deeply he feels the pain of the Sikh community. As BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) ally, we are thankful to Modi for his singular gesture of compassion,” Badal said.
He said giving relief to the affected people and exemplary punishment to the killers was a part of the common minimum programme of the Akali-BJP alliance during the last elections to the Lok Sabha and Punjab assembly. Badal said the coalition government in Punjab as well as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had sought justice for the victims and punishment to the guilty.
“We have sought an omnibus commission of inquiry led by a Supreme Court judge to go into the conspiracy behind the massacre. We want the cases re-opened and pursued thoroughly in courts.
Where no complaint was entertained, cases should now be registered. This is necessary to complete the cycle of justice in the most tragic incident since Independence,” said the Punjab CM.