WSO Calls for Full Investigation of Tytler Recordings

Ottawa (February 6, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada calls for a full and thorough investigation into the recently released recordings of Indian political leader Jagdish Tytler.  Tytler, who is accused of having orchestrated the 1984 Sikh Genocide can be heard in the recordings referring to the killing of 100 Sikhs.

Earlier today, The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) released video clips and transcripts of senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, in which he is purported to admit to killing 100 Sikhs during the 1984 Sikh Genocide.  A total of five video clips from 2011 were recently given to DSGMC President Manjit Singh GK.  In the clips, Tytler also allegedly boasts of having himself appointed judges and having accounts in a Swiss bank. 

Tytler, who was named by the Indian Government’s Nanavati Commission as “very probably” being an organizer of the massacres, has never been tried in a court of law.  Just last week, Tytler told Indian media that then Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi personally travelled with him to areas in Delhi where Sikhs were being brutally massacred. 

Last month, the Supreme Court of India ordered a Special Investigation Team to submit a status report on 186 cases related to the 1984 Sikh genocide.  Since 1984, there have been 11 commissions formed to investigate the massacres however those organized of orchestrating the killings, including Congress Party leaders Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath, have never been prosecuted.

WSO President Mukhbir Singh said today, “the video clips released by the DSGMC must be fully investigated and if they establish that Jagdish Tytler has admitted his role in the killing of 100 Sikhs, he must immediately be arrested.  After more than 33 years, the Sikh community continues to await justice for the Sikh Genocide of 1984.  Most of the perpetrators and all of the organizers have escaped justice for far too long. The Government of India must immediately take steps to punish the guilty and deliver justice to the victims.”

Prem Singh Vinning, a past-president of the WSO said, “justice delayed is indeed justice denied for the families of the thousands of victims of the Sikh Genocide and the Sikh community as a whole.  The Government of India must ensure that these latest revelations are fully investigated.  The time to act is now."

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of Canadian Sikhs, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights of all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status.

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