Amitabh pleads innocence in 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Amritsar : Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has pleaded his innocence in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in various parts of the country in which thousands of Sikhs were massacred, a top Sikh religious leader said.

In a letter to jathedar (chief) Gurcharan Singh of the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion, Amitabh stated that he had no role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The letter was delivered to the Akal Takht head by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member from Mumbai, Gurinder Singh Bawa.

Talking to reporters here Thursday, the Akal Takht jathedar said that he had received the letter from Amitabh, who said that he had not instigated anyone to indulge in riots against Sikhs.

Nearly 7,000 Sikhs were killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in various parts of the country following the assassination of the then prime minister India Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards in New Delhi Oct 31, 1984.

Amitabh was considered very close to the Gandhi family and particularly to Indira Gandhi’s son, Rajiv Gandhi.

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