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Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal in 1984 riots case evokes sharp reaction

People call it a 'black day' adding that the justice has not been done even after 3 decades.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 30, 2013 9:50 pm

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case by a court here today drew sharp reactions from the families of the victims and political leaders who termed it as a “black day”.

One of the riots victims,who had lost her son,husband and other family members during the carnage that had broke out 29 years ago on October 31,1984,after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi,said: “There is no justice for us.

“My son was killed,my husband along with his brothers were killed. There was reign of terror for three days (during the riots). People were burnt alive.”

Expressing shock and anguish at acquittal of Kumar,Shiromani Akali Dal Chief and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal attacked the Congress saying it would not be allowed to put a lid on the issue.

Stating that the verdict had dashed hopes of people who waited for nearly three decades for justice,he expressed hope that the Supreme Court would take cognisance of the plight of the families of 3,000 Sikh victims and order reinvestigation as done in the case of Jagdish Tytler.

MP Naresh Gujral said the case has not reached its logical conclusion due to shoddy probe by the investigators.

“We are absolutely shocked and disappointed with the judgement. We were hoping that justice would finally be given to the victims of the 1984 carnage but unfortunately,due to the shoddy police investigation,the case has not reached at its logical conclusion,” Gujral said.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP also said,“Congress party has been trying to put a lid on this matter since 1984 so I am not surprised at all.”

“30-years have passed. We shall pursue it relentlessly till justice is given. We shall not give up,” he said.

The court today acquitted Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case while convicting five others for being a part of the mob that killed five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar area.

District and Sessions Judge J R Aryan acquitted Kumar while convicting five others — Balwan Khokkar,an ex-councillor,Mahender Yadav,an ex-MLA,Kishan Khokkar,Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal — for their involvement in the case.

Reacting on the court’s judgement,Mahesinder Singh Grewal,advisor to the chief minister of Punjab,said the victims have failed to get justice in the case.

“Today is a black day. We had no hope of justice from Congress but we had a ray of hope from the judicial system but today that had again diminished,” he said.

Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal termed the judgement as a “slap” on the Indian judicial system and alleged that the investigating agency colluded with the guilty to let them go scot free.

President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Manjit Singh GK said the victims of the 1984 carnage were in tears today after the verdict.

“Until this government is in power,judiciary will be giving this kind of verdicts. I think the victims of 1984 must be in tears today… you can kill as many people in the country and walk free,” he said.

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