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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Amitabh Bachchan summoned by Los Angeles court

A Los Angeles federal court has summoned Amitabh Bachchan for allegedly instigating violence in the deadly 1984 riots in India.
Bachchan has 21 days to respond to the charges. AFP
Bachchan has 21 days to respond to the charges. AFP

A Los Angeles federal court has summoned Amitabh Bachchan for allegedly instigating violence in the deadly 1984 riots in India, The Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday.

The 73-year-old actor, Bollywood’s best-loved and most successful star, has been accused of raising “blood for blood” slogans against the Sikh community after the then prime minister Indira Gandhi was gunned down by her Sikh bodyguards in New Delhi on October 31, 1984. Bachchan has 21 days to respond to the charges. The violence that took place soon after the assassination left more than 8,000 people dead.

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