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Amitabh Bachchan summoned by US court for instigating violence during 1984 riots

Oct 29, 2014 10:44 IST

Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan was recently in news as he was summoned by a US Federal Court in Los Angeles on 28 October 2014 for allegedly instigating violence against the Sikh community during the November 1984 riots.

Amitabh Bachchan  was accused of raising the slogan Khooon Ka Badla Khoon (blood for blood) on 31 October  1984 after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her two Sikh bodyguards.

The US Federal Court has given 21 days to Bachchan to respond to the charges of human rights violations as per the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. However, if he failed to respond, judgment by default will be entered against him for relief demanded in the complaint.

The complaint against Amitabh Bachchan was filed by New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) and two alleged victims Babu Singh Dukhiya and Mohender Singh of the anti-Sikh riots.

Over the past several years, SFJ has unsuccessfully tried to drag several Indian leaders to US courts in the alleged human rights violations cases.

1984 anti-Sikhs riots
The November 1984 anti-Sikhs riots were a series of persecutions 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 8000 deaths including 3000 in Delhi.

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