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1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Victims Blacken Rajiv Chowk Signpost in Delhi, Garland it With Slippers

In a photo that has gone viral, the signpost outside Rajiv Chowk Metro Station was spray painted, with ‘Rajiv’ blackened. A garland made of tattered slippers hanged loosely around the board, as pedestrians walked past it.

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Updated:December 26, 2018, 4:11 PM IST
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1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Victims Blacken Rajiv Chowk Signpost in Delhi, Garland it With Slippers
In a photo that has gone viral, the signpost outside Rajiv Chowk Metro Station was spray painted, with ‘Rajiv’ blackened. A garland made of tattered slippers hanged loosely around the board, as pedestrians walked past it.

New Delhi: A signboard with the name of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was vandalised and garlanded with shoes and slippers in the heart of the national capital on Wednesday afternoon.

In a photo that has gone viral, the signpost outside Rajiv Chowk Metro Station was spray painted, with ‘Rajiv’ blackened by those who suffered in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. They want it to be renamed after Shahid Bhagat Singh. A garland made of tattered slippers hanged loosely around the board, as pedestrians walked past it.

The Rajiv Chowk metro station is one of the busiest stations on the metro network, serving Connaught Place in the heart of the capital.

The incident occurred less than a day after Youth Akali Dal leaders blackened the statue of Rajiv Gandhi in Ludhiana. Demanding revocation of Bharat Ratna bestowed on the late prime minister, the SAD workers used black spray paint to desecrate Gandhi's bust on Tuesday, following which the members of the grand old party cleaned it with milk.

Condemning the vandalism, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said, "I have asked police to identify the guilty and take strict action." He also demanded an apology from Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal for the "obnoxious act"​.

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