Summons served to Congress party
over 1984 anti-Sikh violence
Activists of Sikhs For Justice protest outside the McGraw company headquarters in Manhattan
The US District Court for the Southern District of New
York served summons against the Indian National
Congress party to the office of the Indian National
Overseas Congress in New York for allegedly ‘conspiring,
aiding, abetting and carrying out organized attacks on the
Sikh population of India in November 1984.’
Dr Surinder Malhotra, president of the INOC, confirmed
he received the summons issued on March 1, but said he is
not sure of the legality of the summons as the INOC is a
New York-registered organization.
“I am not a defendant in the suit. I don’t know if I can
accept it for the party in India,” he said. He has informed
the party leadership about the summons. He could not confirm if the party would engage an attorney to address the
class action suit filed by the Sikhs For Justice and 12 others.
The suit asserts that the INOC was a wholly owned sub-
sidiary of the Congress and is doing business in the US for
the India-based private political party based in India.
Masked gunmen robbed cash and jewelry
worth between $10,000 and $12,000
from the Sri Venkateswara Temple in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 17.
“The funny thing was that we were in
the process of upgrading the security system in April, when the theft occurred.
This is the first time such a thing happened since the opening of the temple in
1976,” said Dr Nagu B Krishnappa, chairman of the board of trustees at the temple.
The stolen goods were about $2,000-
3,000 in cash, golden pendants and other
Penn Hills Police said the four robbers
wearing ski masks sneaked up to guard
Larry Fiscus, 48, who was in a shack
outside the temple. They beat him up,
then blindfolded and tied him up,
before robbing him of his knife, laptop
computer and a set of keys to the temple
Police chief Howard Burton told the
media the robbers took away three safes
from the office but were unable to steal the
temple’s sound system.
Krishnappa said the robbers were also
unable to enter the main temple, which
has a separate security system.
About 15 minutes after the thieves left,
the guard reportedly untied himself and
called the police and temple officials.
Though visible from the roads, the tem-
ple is accessible only by driving up a steep
and winding road. Chief Burton said the
robbery might have been the work of out-
side contractors, past employees or some-
one else who ‘knew how to get there and
knew where it existed. You have four peo-
ple who basically conspired to go to this
place, knowing the guard was there. They
seemed to know where they were going,’
he told the media.