Rajiv Chowk signpost disfigured in heart of Capital by victims of 1984 riots

A day after late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s bust was vandalised in Ludhiana by youth Akali Dal leaders, victims of the 1984 riots on Wednesday allegedly disfigured and garlanded with shoes and slippers the Rajiv Chowk metro station signpost in Connaught Place here.

The signpost outside Rajiv Chowk Metro Station was spray painted, with ‘Rajiv’ blackened by those who suffered in the 1984 riots, police sources said.

A case has been registered in this regard at the Connaught Place police station on the complaint of the New Delhi Municipal Council.

Protestors have demanded that the station be renamed after Shahid Bhagat Singh,the sources said.

Akali leaders on Tuesday smeared black colour on the statue of the late former PM at Salem Tabri area of Ludhiana. They alleged that the former Prime Minister was the mastermind behind the 1984 riots and all his statues across the length and breadth of the nation should be removed.

The riots, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed, had erupted after the 1984 assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards to avenge her ordering the army into the Golden Temple to flush out separatists.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had strongly condemned the vandalisation of Rajiv Gandhi’s statue by Shiromani Akali Dal workers in Ludhiana and asked its leader Sukhbir Singh Badal to desist from petty politics which would backfire on his party in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

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