Flashback: Diaries of anti Sikh riot of 1984Flashback: Diaries of anti Sikh riot of 1984
The 1984 anti Sikhs riots were a series of pogroms directed against Sikhs in India, by anti Sikh mobs, in response to the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
There were more than 8,000 deaths, including 3,000 in Delhi.
During the Indian Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in the 1970s, thousands of Sikhs campaigning for autonomous government were imprisoned.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, the main Indian investigating agency, is of the opinion that the acts of violence were organized with the support from the then Delhi police officials and the central government headed by Indira Gandhi's son, Rajiv Gandhi.
In June 1984, during Operation Blue Star, Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Army to attack the Golden Temple and eliminate any insurgents, as it had been occupied by Sikh separatists who were stockpiling weapons.
Most affected regions were the Sikh neighborhoods in Delhi. It was massacre which had drifted the hearts of Sikhs and is still being treated.