Sikh anger spills on to streets,Metro tracks

The Sikh community in West Delhi took to the streets on Wednesday against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 riots case.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 2, 2013 1:05 am

The Sikh community in West Delhi took to the streets on Wednesday against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 riots case.

Protesters blocked the traffic and brought Metro operations to a halt,with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) asserting that this was just the beginning. The Sikh body plans to appeal against the judgment in a higher court.

The outrage found a voice as protesters marched to the Tilak Nagar police station and blocked traffic in the area. They termed the acquittal verdict as “injustice” to the Sikh community.

Protesters also stormed the Tilak Nagar and Subhash Nagar Metro stations,forcing shutdown of both stations. Shouting slogans,protesters sat on the Metro tracks,bringing services to a halt. They forcibly stopped a Metro train.

“After 30 years we are yet to get justice. The government should feel ashamed. We will never forget and forgive those who allowed the culprits to go scotfree. We want justice,” a protester said.

DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa said: “We will hire the best lawyers and request the High Court to complete hearings in the shortest possible time as in the fast-track courts.”

He said the body would approach the Supreme Court to request for a special investigation team,as was constituted to probe the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

“When it comes to Gujarat and other riots,the Prime Minister and other government functionaries are quick to order probes and committees,but in this case the government has done nothing,” Sirsa said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,meanwhile,said the issue should not be politicised. “The court has taken a decision and if someone does not feel it is right or injustice has been done,they can appeal in a higher court. But there is no need to politicise it,” she said.

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