CHANDIGARH, Punjab—The Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan seems to be in for more trouble as another eyewitness has come forward with startling account of how he was present in front of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on October 31, 1984 when Bachchan allegedly shouted anti-Sikh slogans inciting the crowd.
Witness Manjit Singh Saini, 52, originally from Kalu Sarai, Delhi presently residing in California, USA has decided to break his silence after Amitabh Bachchan approached Sri Akal Takht Sahib pleading innocence. According to Saini, this however is not the first time that he [has spoken out] regarding Bachchan’s role in instigating killing of Sikhs.
Earlier in 1985 also, he had submitted a written statement to the staff of the then Senior Officer of Delhi Police Ved Marwah, who was then investigating the November 1984 killing of Sikhs. Blaming Marwah for inaction, Saini stated that despite his written statement regarding Bachchan’s inciting violence against Sikhs, no action of was taken against Bachchan by Delhi Police.
Recounting the ordeal that he faced after submitting his 1985 statement to Delhi Police, Saini stated that he was forced to move from place to place while his house in Kalu Sarai continues to be under illegal occupation since November 1984. Besides this, Jagdish Kaur, the prime witness of 1984 riots and Babu Singh Dukhiya had alleged that they had seen Bachchan reportedly shouting live on Doordarshan. He was allegedly shouting, “khoon ka badla khoon sae laengae”.
Saini has given his sworn statement to Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) which is seeking criminal prosecution against Bachchan in Australia under “The Criminal Code Act 1995” which gives Australian courts jurisdiction in cases involving crimes against humanity even when such crime is committed outside Australia. According to Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, international human rights lawyer, SFJ will submit Saini’s eyewitness account regarding Bachchan’s open call of violence against Sikhs to Australian Federal Police (AFP) to investigate Bachchan’s role in November 1984.
Earlier on December 1, Amitabh had sent a sealed letter to jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh to plead innocence over allegations of prompting violence against Sikhs through SGPC member Gurinder Singh Bawa.