Indore: After Congress’s general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday paid floral tribute at a statue of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Indore, members of the Sikh community on Tuesday took to ‘purifying’ the statue by milk and holy water, News18 reported.

After ‘purifying’ the statue, the Sikh community also held a protest over Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s ‘hua to hua’ remarks on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

“We purified the statue with milk and holy water form Amritsar this morning,” the news channel reported a protester as saying. The protesters were of the view that Indira Gandhi had disrespected the freedom fighter by offering her tributes.

‘Hua to Hua’ — Controversial statement

On May 9, Pitroda landed himself in trouble when asked about BJP’s claim that instructions to kill in 1984 had come from late former PM Rajiv Gandhi. “Ab kya hai ’84 ka? Aapne kya kiya 5 saal mein, uski baat kariye. ’84 mein hua to hua. Aapne kya kiya? (What about 1984 now?. What have you done in 5 years, talk about that. What happened in 1984, happened),” the senior Congress leader had said.

After facing flak, Pitroda accused BJP leaders of ‘twisting his words to hide their failures’. “I have noticed how BJP is again twisting three words from my interview to distort facts, divide us and hide their failures. Sad that they have nothing positive to offer. I acknowledged the pain of my Sikh brothers and sisters during difficult times in 1984 and deeply feel for the atrocities that happened. But these are things from past that are not really relevant to this election which is all about what did modi government do for the last five years. Rajiv Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will never target a group of people based on creed,” the Congress leader said defending his statement.