PROTESTING the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 riots case,angry Sikhs marched towards Congress president Sonia Gandhis residence on Thursday. Over 100 protesters were detained and taken to the Tughlaq Road police station after they tried to cross police barricades. They were released later.
Two police buses were damaged by the protesters who started holding a demonstration at 11 am. A group of protesters marched towards 10,Janpath,while another group headed towards the Congress office on Akbar Road.
Even though the police did not have to resort to force to disperse the crowd,several roads in Central Delhi were blocked to prevent protesters from reaching the Congress office and Sonia Gandhis residence. Akbar Road,Motilal Nehru Road,Krishna Menon Marg,Mansingh Road,Maulana Azad Road and Janpath were blocked,police said.
Protesters burnt effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Sajjan Kumar. I still remember watching helplessly when one person from the mob came and put a burning tyre on my brothers neck. As my brother screamed and tried to get rid of the tyre,one of them said look at your brother,he is dancing. They laughed and left. After being killed so brutally,we fought for 30 years. And now we have this man being allowed to walk free, Gopi Kaur,who lost her family in the 1984 riots,said.
Gurdeep Singh,another protester,said,Inspectors,SHOs,beat officials who refused to listen to our appeals on November 1,1984 were never arrested. It was a planned attack on Sikhs and not a riot. All those officials who looked the other way should be brought to book. We will not give up till the end.
The Sikhs plan to continue their protest across the capital until May 6,when the court is expected to pass an order on the quantum of sentence against five men convicted in the same case in which Sajjan Kumar was acquitted.
The complainants are likely to approach the High Court in appeal.