In a press statement issued by Shiromani Akali Dal Canada (SADA Canada) ,appealed, on behalf of the Canadian Sikh community, to stands in solidarity with the victims and families of the 1985 Air India bombing and demanded a new Commission of Inquiry aiming to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“While there were arrests and lengthy court drama, the authorities were never able to bring the people who funded and executed this horrific terrorist attack to justice,” said Sukhminder Singh Hansra president of SADA Canada. “Previous investigations and inquiries by the federal government have sought to identify gaps in Canada’s security and intelligence system, but scarce little has been done to truly identify the killers.”
On June 23, 1985, 329 innocent people, most of them Canadians, lost their lives in the worst-ever terrorist attack in Canadian history. In 2006 the federal government called a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the bombing. The Commission’s final Report, Air India Flight 182: A Canadian Tragedy, is a damning indictment of actions taken before and after the tragedy. On the 25th anniversary, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized on behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians for the institutional failings and the treatment of the victims’ families thereafter.
“We’re calling upon the Trudeau government to offer up more than apologies,” added Hansra. “We want justice for the victims and families and the community who is suffering from such stigma for the past 32 years. Demanding justice shouldn’t be seen as a political football to be avoided for fear of dropping the ball. We need courage from our leaders to dig deep, help us find the truth and bring real healing to us all.”
The Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar, Canada will continue lobbying federal members of parliament on the need for a new Commission of Inquiry until action is taken.