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Protest against Sajjan acquittal continues

Angry Sikhs continued to protest for the second day against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal in the 1984 riots.

Angry Sikhs continued to protest for the second day against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal in the 1984 riots.

Around 200 persons marched towards Sonia Gandhi’s residence in New Delhi on Thursday,of which around 115 were detained and taken to Tughlaq Road police station after they tried to cross police barricades. They were released later.

Two police buses were damaged by protesters,who began their agitation at 11 am on Thursday.

A group of protesters marched towards 10 Janpath,while another group went towards the Congress office on 24 Akbar Road.

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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 Gandhi’s 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 in my brother’s neck. As my brother was shouting for help,trying 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,only to see the mastermind let go scot-free,” Gopi Kaur,who lost 35 family members in the 1984 riots,said.

Gurdeep Singh,another protester,said,“What democracy are we living in? No arrests of any inspectors,SHO,beat officials who refused to lend an ear to our appeals on November 1,were made. It was a planned attack on Sikhs and not a riot. All those officials who goofed up then should be brought to book. We will not give up till the end.”

The protesters plan to continue their protest across the capital till May 6,when the court is expected to pass an order on the sentence against the five convicts. The complainants are likely to approach the High Court after the sentence for the convicts is pronounced in court.

Delhi SAD president Manjit Singh said: “This fight against the politicians will also be fought on the road,inside the court and even in the parliament. This fight is to expose the murderous government who is not only responsible for the killings but also for stalling and now denying justice.”

Sikh group announces $1 mn for Sajjan’s conviction

WASHINGTON: A US-based Sikh rights group has announced an award of $1 million to any individual,whose testimony and evidence may result in the conviction of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar,who was recently acquitted by a court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case related to the killing of five men.

“The ‘Million Dollar’ reward will be given to those individuals who will come forward with tips,evidence and testimony leading to the reversal of Judge Aryan’s April 30 order acquitting Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for role in the killing of Sikhs in November 1984,” Sikh for Justice said in a statement.

Justifying the reward,attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun,legal advisor to SFJ,alleged that killing of Sikhs took place in broad daylight while hundreds of citizens helplessly watched the systematic and gruesome killings of people in the first week of November 1984.

“Now is the opportunity for those who witnessed the killings to come forward with testimony and evidence to help victims in seeking justice against those Congress leaders who organised violence against Sikhs,” Pannun said.

Since Judge Aryan gave “benefit of doubt” to Sajjan,Pannun said victims will challenge the acquittal of Kumar before Delhi High Court based on the precedent set by the Supreme Court in Khalistan militant Devenderpal Singh Bhullar’s case.

SAD,BJP demand SIT for 1984 riot cases

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP legislature parties,which met late Thursday ahead of Friday’s special Assembly session,demanded the setting up of a special investigation team to expedite punishment to the guilty of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

They also expressing anguish over the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and termed it a direct result of criminal laxity and deliberate complacency on the part of the government agencies.

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They also passed a resolution expressing gratitude to the Shiromani Akali Dal,BJP and other political parties for their successful struggle against imposition of wealth tax by the central government.