Sikh bodies to give Rs. 2-lakh reward to shoe-thrower
New Delhi (PTI): A number of Sikh bodies on Tuesday came out in support of journalist Jarnail Singh, who hurled a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram to protest the clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 riots case, and announced a Rs 2-lakh "reward" for him.
"Singh has represented the agony and resentment of the community that has been denied justice for the last 24 years.
For this, Sikh organisations have decided to honour him with Rs 2lakhs," said Manjinder Singh Sirsa, a Akali Dal leader and a municipal councillor in Delhi.
Mr. Sirsa said the money to be given to Mr. Singh has been donated by several Sikh organisations and individuals.
The Delhi unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, which had earlier announced that it will give Rs 1 lakh to the scribe for legal aid, now says it will "felicitate" him for the act.
Mr. Singh's action has manifested the "pain and grief" of the lakhs of victims of the 1984 riot, it said.
"Though Jarnail Singh has been released without any charges, we are still ready to help him whatever way he may need. We will also felicitate and honour him on behalf of the community," Manjit Singh GK, the Delhi president of SAD, said.